Breakfast, Snack, Take away

Breakfast Bars

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This is the first recipe on the blog I didn’t make up myself. It’s a recipe originally by Sarah B. (My New Roots) and shared and revised by David and Luise from greenkitchenstories.
I altered a few things, simply because I didn’t have everything in stock. But anyway they taste really yummy so I thought I’d better share this brilliant idea of a breakfast bar. Less sugar than commercial ones but not healthy tasting and boring at all! Plus full of nutrients & and fibres. Chickpeas seem strange in a breakfast bar at first, but if you think about it, why not? They add proteins and precious fibres to the bar. You won’t really taste them, at least not in a way which would make you go like: “Why am I having my lunch at breakfast?”

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We are going on a hike tomorrow so it’s the perfect occasion to bake them. And that’s how it goes:

I made 15 bars, so for 15 bars you need:

  • 1 big apple
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 325 g rolled oats
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • 250 g  canned chickpeas
  • 60 ml coconut oil, melted
  • 60 ml pure maple syrup
  • 30 g  dried apricots
  • 30 g dried figs
  • 40 g  raisins
  • 70 g of mixed seeds and nuts (I used sunflower & pumpkin seeds, walnuts and cashew nuts)

Mix the chia seeds with 3 tbsp of water, stir and set aside so it becomes a gel. Cut the apple roughly and steam in a little water for about 10 minutes until tender. Use 100 g of oats and pulse in a food processor to gain a finer texture. In a large bowl combine the ground oats, the remaining 225 g of oats, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Now preheat the oven to 180 °C (350 °F). Melt the coconut oil. Drain the steamed apple and the chickpeas. Combine with the oil, maple syrup and chia gel and puree until it’s a homogeneous mixture. Add to the dry ingredients. Add the dried fruits & nuts and mix again. Line a baking tray with baking parchment and place 15 equally sized portions on it. Take each portion and shape into a bar (a knife with a big blade is helpful here). Shove into the oven for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.

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They are perfect for breakfast, especially when it’s necessary to have breakfast on the way to work etc. It’s also nice to have one of these healthy power packages in your pocket for snack attack. And as I am going on a hike I will stuff every single pocket with them…

 

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