I strive to ‘eat clean’ as much as I can – I’m no saint; I still have the odd splurge (mainly on weekends or after a few glasses of wine). But during the week, I try hard to stay focused and healthy minded with my eating.
There’s one problem: my sweet tooth. As far back as I can remember, I’ve always loved the sweet stuff but now that I’m trying to be a bit more clean with my eating, I’m always looking for healthier alternatives to my beloved Ben and Jerry’s.
I’ve experimented with various recipes over the past year or so that swap unhealthy ingredients for more nutritious ones and one recipe that I always go back to is my super simple, no bake granola bars; packed with oats, almond butter and raisins. I first discovered the recipe on The Gracious Pantry but have given it a slight twist.
200g of porridge oats (I use Jordans Organic)
80 ml coconut oil
80 ml clear honey
1.5 tbsp vanilla extract
200g almond butter
50g dark chocolate chips (the higher the cocoa content the better)
Grease a tin or baking dish with a little butter to help the granola not stick – I always use a Le Creuset baking dish for mine but you can use any tin that’s available.
In a large mixing bowl, mix together the oats, raisins and chocolate chips.
On a very low heat, melt together the coconut oil, honey, vanilla extract and almond butter until you have a creamy mixture – it’s very important to not let this boil.
Combine the two mixtures together in the large mixing bowl and spoon into the greased dish – make sure the mix is spread evenly.
Pop it into the freezer for about an hour to help it set. Once set, move into the fridge and enjoy!