So I’ve decided I want to be healthy. But not really. I like the idea of being healthy, all the wonderful benefits you get from it, and those Insta-fit-foodies make their #healthy food look so damn delicious! It almost makes you want to live off fruits and veggies and protein brownies made from zucchini or chocolate mousse made from avocado. I type that and I cringe inside. Being healthy /sounds/ awful.
As a result, I am trying to weed out the delicious recipes from the ones who are trying too hard. I’ve been working on some granola bars, and they’ve turned out ok, but they’re not quite right yet. I experimented with other granola bar recipes, and, surprise surprise, it’s the unhealthy ones that work out the greatest! They are a dream to make, and they taste fabulous. I made them once, and by the end of the same weekend, I had to make a few extra batches for my brother to take to school and the household supply was finished. These things are like little bars of heaven.
They’re not all bad: they do have oats in them, which is a nice substitute for flour. But there is also flour. And a lot of (brown) sugar. But there’s dark chocolate, so that should counteract the sugar, I rate. And of course the star of these bars: peanut butter. Peanut butter just makes everything healthy. Even if it is the whole jar – in one sitting. Totally healthy, I swear! Trust me, I’m a biokineticist (with no scope for nutritional advice just by the way; make of that what you will).
I’ve adapted (South Africanised) this recipe from my favourite blogger. Her food is amazing.
Peanut butter granola bars
- 1 2/3 Coats
- 1 C Rice Krispies
- 1/3 C flour
- 1 C desiccated coconut
- 1/2 tspn salt
- 1/4 tspn cinnamon
- 2/3 C brown sugar
- 1 tspn vanilla
- 1/2 C melted butter
- 2/3 C crunchy peanut butter
- 1/3 C honey
- 1 cup chocolate chips or chopped up Bournville works beautifully too
- Mix all your ingredients together (don’t use a mixer, this will break up the Rice Krispies and you’ll lose all your texture)
- Press the ‘batter’ into a dish lined with baking parchment (or foil would work too). Make sure you press it all together quite well, or it can crumble
a bita lot when you cut it
- Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for 30 minutes or until the edges start to go brown (cooked brown, not burnt!)
- Remove from oven and leave to cool. Maybe go for a run while you wait – see: healthy granola bars!