Spiced Oat, Chocolate, Fruit and Nut Bar

After eating so much rubbish on a recent trip to Chicago, I quickly returned to training this week and healthy eating with plenty of bean stews and sweet fruits. I’ve been wanting to create a health protein, fruit, nut and oat bar for a while now to eat before and after training and take a challenge of creating one that is golden brown, crispy on the outside and soft in the middle, and after a few attempts, I believe I have cracked it with a cracker of a savage recipe. I added a few scoops of protein powder into this mix, but I will leave this optional and beg you to try this recipe. The combination of nuts, fruits, oats and chocolate is outstanding. The bars last for a week without losing the bite or flavour. This is very easy and quick to make, perfect for vegans and you get over 20 bars from the mix. Do it, and let us know here at This is Galway how they turn out.

Ingredients

Part 1

– 200 g rolled oats

– 100g sunflower seeds

– 50g pumpkin seeds

– 50g linseeeds

– 60g whole almonds

– 2 pinches salt

– 3 good teaspoons or 20 g of Neal’s Yard Sweet Mix Spices (or cinnamon)

Part 2

– 200g honey

– 70g cashew butter

– 120 ml almond milk

Part 3

– 100g cranberries

– 100g Fab Fruit Surprise {Holland and Barrett, or any dried fruits}

– 70g grams dairy free dark chocolate roughly chopped

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Method

1.) Preheat the oven for 180c

2.) With part 1, mix all together and roughly blend in a blender or food processor, you do not want the mix a smooth fine powder, just broken up and still a little chunky.

3.) With part 2, whisk together all the ingredients and fold in with part 1, mixing well.

4.) Fold in part 3 and mix well.

5.) Spray a medium sized non stick deep baking tray and cook for 20 mins until golden brown on top.

6.) Take out, allow to cool, turn out on to a chopping board, then cut into whatever size bars you like. These can last up to two weeks.

Tip: Keep all the weights the same, but you can substitute any ingredients for whatever you like eg. Walnuts for the Almonds, any flavoured milk and so on.

And don’t forget, if you manage to make it look pretty, take a snap and share it on the This is Galway Instagram or Facebook page.

Sources: Oats, nuts, from Evergreen, Fruits, Chocolate from Holland and Barrett

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About the Chef

You wouldn’t know by looking at him, but Stephen Byrne likes to eat, a lot. He has cheffed worldwide; Canada, Australia, San Francisco, Dublin and now resides in Galway. Not afraid of the unhealthy appetite, he has a keen interest in simple whole foods, a love for Asian flavours and an awful sweet tooth. With years of experience, he will create weekly recipes of meals he devours regularly, and hopefully inspire people to cook at home and embark on a healthier lifestyle.

He writes on his site: http://therantingbeast.com/ 

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