Slow Granola Bars

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!

Ingredients:

  • 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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