Why do we want you to make your own “granola” bars? Let’s have a look at a South African favourite, the Jungle Yogurt energy bar. It contains oats (gluten), sugar, golden syrup (more sugar), vegetable oil, salt, glucose syrup (more sugar), vegetable fat, water, sunflower seed, invert sugar (more sugar), sesame seeds, sorbitol (sugar alcohol), skimmed milk, yogurt cultures, flavouring, salt (again), soya emulsifier and white chocolate (more sugar). Definitely not something I will have or give to my family as a healthy snack.
Why not try our delicious homemade chocolate nut bars? They are quick and easy to make and gluten, wheat, dairy and refined sugar free. Not only are they soooo much nicer than any conventional shop-bought granola bar, they are healthy too.
Our nut bars are naturally sweetened with honey (or maple syrup for vegan) and dates and contain healthy fats like coconut oil, nuts and seeds.
Coconut oil is one of the few foods that can be classified as a “superfood”. It’s unique combination of fatty acids has numerous health benefits. Coconut oil is high in healthy saturated fats that can boost fat burning, provide your body and brain with quick energy and raise the good HDL cholesterol in your blood, which is linked to reduced heart disease risk. The fatty acids in coconut oil can kill harmful pathogens, including bacteria, viruses and fungi and could help prevent infections. Coconut oil is also high in medium chain triglycerides (MCT). When you consume MCT, it goes straight to the liver where it is used as a quick source of energy or turned into ketones. Ketones can have powerful benefits for the brain and are being studied as treatment for epilepsy, Alzheimer’s and various other conditions.
Cacao is the unprocessed chocolate superfood that’s turbocharged with magnesium, flavonoids (antioxidant), calcium, iron, zinc, copper, potassium and manganese to name a few. As raw cacao is made by cold-pressing unroasted cocoa beans these nutritional wins aren’t lost during processing. In addition, cacao contains a compound called phenylethylamine (PEA for short). PEA is thought to elevate mood and support energy, and is said to be one of the reasons that many people love chocolate!
Grain free chocolate nut bars
Our grain and refined sugar free chocolate nut bars are super yummy, quick and easy to make and the perfect healthy snack.
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ cup raw honey (maple syrup for vegan)
- ½ cup nut butter
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tbsp raw cacao (or cocoa)
- 3 cups nut/seed/dried fruit mix
- 4 medjool dates
- ½ tsp salt
- Step 1 On low heat, combine the vanilla, honey (or maple syrup), nut butter, coconut oil and cacao in a saucepan. Stir until the coconut oil is melted.
- Step 2 Place your nut/seed/fruit mix, the salt and the dates in a food processor and roughly chop.
- Step 3 Add the nut mixture to the coconut oil mixture and mix well.
- Step 4 Pour the mixture into a prepared or silicone baking tray.
- Step 5 With your hands spread out and press down until smooth and compact (about 1cm thickness).
- Step 6 Place in the freezer for 2 hours.
- Step 7 Use a sharp knife to cut the bars into squares or rectangles. These bars are high in fat and calories so small portions are ideal.
- Step 8 Store the bars in the freezer in an airtight container between layers of parchment paper.
- Step 9 For lunch bags, use the bar straight from the freezer as the coconut oil might melt a little when exposed to warm temperatures for long periods.
- Step 10 We love having the bars straight from the freezer.