Squirrel Bars

Dear Caitlin,

I’ve been really into Oh She Glows lately.  I’ve always loved her blog, but I have usually shied away from her recipes, because they so often involve unusual ingredients that are difficult to procure or expensive or, let’s be real, just too darn healthy.

Chia seeds changed my mind.  I bought a bag, tried a recipe, tried another recipe, and then I realized I could totally be buying chia seeds in bulk on Amazon.

IMG_2278

Now I can’t turn back.  I’m throwing frozen avocados and spelt flour and coconut milk all over the kitchen.  It’s like there was a vegan frat party here last night.

It’s hard to complain when the result is this delicious.

This recipe makes me feel like I’m a squirrel prepping for winter.  Or maybe just an old-fashioned prepper.

IMG_2267

The only added sugar here comes from the dried sweetened cherries.  Did you know cherries are incredibly good for endurance athletes?  Check it.

IMG_2270

Everything gets smushed together with bananas as the binder.

IMG_2276

And, of course, we stack.

IMG_2280

Recipe
Adapted from Oh She Glows’ Feel Good Hearty Granola Bars, modified to suit allergies and the ingredients I had on hand.

Ingredients

1/2 Cup Buckwheat Grouts*
1/4 Cup Pumpkin Seeds (or, Pepitas)
1/2 Cup Almonds, Chopped Coarsely
2 Cups Rolled Oats
3 Medium Bananas, Very Ripe
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Cup Dried Cherries (Sweetened or Unsweetened, but… sweetened, obviously)
1/2 Cups Sunflower Seeds
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
Salt, to Taste (I used the barest dash)

(1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Prep a smallish baking dish (I used 8″ by 8″) with parchment paper.  I recommend a light coating of your favorite nonstick spray, as the bananas will make these pretty sticky.

(2) Toast the buckwheat grouts and pumpkin seeds.  If you’re using pepitas instead of pumpkin seeds, there’s no need to toast.  I did this on the stove top over medium heat, for about 10 to 15 minutes.  They should smell fragrant, but not burned.

(3) Chop your almonds.

(4) Pulse the oats in a food processor until they become a fine powder.  It’s ok to leave a few bigger pieces, but definitely don’t skip this step entirely.  I’ve also had success grinding oats in my blender, so give that a try, if you don’t have a food processor available.

(5) Mash bananas thoroughly.  Add vanilla and mix until incorporated.

(6) Combine bananas and oats.

(7) Combine remaining ingredients.

(8) Press into prepared baking dish.  Use your hands or the back of a spoon to press in evenly.

(9) Bake for around 25 minutes.  The top of the bars should have some browning, but no crisping.

(10) Allow to cool before eating.  Trust.

 

* Eating these is a surefire way to feel like a squirrel.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s