I love the contradiction of these bars. I made them with a wide variety of rolled and puffed wholegrains and seeds as well as bran and fruit-of-the-moment dried wolf (or goji) berries. Healthy right? Well all that good for you stuff is stuck together with peanut butter, chocolate, honey and brown sugar. A spoonful of fat and sugar helps the medicine go down, huh? Although when divided among the 16 serves this recipe makes, it’s not a huge amount of anything. Still, I try not to eat these as a snack but use them as a quick breakfast on the go when I’m working at 6am. I mainly make them for the boy as his post workout snack. They’re great for that.
What I love about recipes like this is that you can mix, match, adjust and substitute the dry ingredients to your heart’s content. Don’t like sultanas? Leave ‘em out. Love coconut? Chuck some in. Just make sure you have a maximum of four cups of dry ingredients in any combination.
I was lucky to find a puffed grain combination at my local bulk food market. It had a mixture of rice, amaranth, barley, spelt and kamut (I think) but any combination or even just plain puffed rice is fine for this. I have an unexplainable preference for rolled spelt over oats so that’s what I use but anything is fine.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Trail Bars (makes 16 in a 30cm x 20cm tray)
1 cup rolled oats, spelt, barley or what ever you have
1 cup puffed grains
1/2 cup pepitas
1/2 cup dried wolfberries
1/2 cup bran cereal
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup sesame seeds
couple of pinches of salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup honey (or corn syrup if you’re vegan)
1/2 cup peanut butter
60 grams dark chocolate, roughly chopped.
Mix together all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Heat the sugar and honey in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to boil and let boil for 10 – 15 seconds. Take off heat and immediately add peanut butter and chocolate, which should melt into the mixture pretty much immediately! Stir well until mixture is smooth.
Quickly add to the dry mix and stir through as fast as possible as the liquid mix will start to harden straight away. Once it’s mixed in, tip it out into a tray lined with baking paper and flatten the mixture out, pressing firmly.
That’s it, apart from letting it cool and then slicing it up to munch on.