Slow Down Tip #30: Make your own granola bars.
Part of the joy of slowing down is you give yourself better nourishment- especially with food. For years I grabbed cliff bars or sugary boxed dried out granola bars on the go, but recently I discovered that homemade granola bars are where it’s at.
Not only do they taste freakin’ awesome (so much so that I served my ‘granola squares’ as dessert one night and friends asked for the recipe) but the ingredients are pure & nourishing! Here’s the recipe I recently made up. Enjoy this ‘slow food’ treat!
- 1 &1/2 cup almonds without skins (you can find them this way in health food stores, if you really want to challenge yourself to slow down, soak raw almonds in water & peel them by hand!)
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup coconut oil
- sea salt
Soak the almonds in pure, filtered, or spring water overnight. Strain/ let the almonds dry, then peel (if peeling skins by hand). If you bought them pre-peeled then only soak them for an hour.
Put almonds in blender, use medium speed & blend until chopped. Add chocolate chips and blend just until chocolate chips are roughly chopped. Transfer the chopped nuts/ chocolate to a bowl. Add coconut oil, cinnamon, & sea salt to taste. Pour into square pan or Tupperware & pat down w/ spatula. Let harden in fridge then cut into squares.
Variation: Add 1/2 cup peanut butter with the coconut oil, omit cinnamon.
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