Remember the water detox from yesterday? Remember how there were visions of food doing the cha-cha-cha in my head. Meet the protagonist who played a starring role in the dance sequence – banana and nut granola bars. In my starvation induced light headedness, the little squares and rectangles joined up and executed some perfect moves. So as soon as I was physically able to (they did not tell me that the detox headache lasts well into the day and shall require copious amounts of carbohydrates as a bribe to go away) I baked a batch.
# of toasty slices of heaven consumed = 2
# of grams gained = every single gram I lost yesterday + 4000
Amount of remorse = None
Size of grin: Ginormous
Base recipe from Oh She Glows
- 3 ripe bananas, mashed, about 1.5 cups
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ cup cane sugar
- 2 tbsp honey (I used some ginger honey, you can use any)
- Sea salt to taste
- 2 cups oats, pulsed once in the processor (keep it coarse, do not grind to a fine powder)
- 5 cups chopped nuts (I used a mix of almonds, pistachios, and cashew nuts)
- ¾ cup dry fruits (again whatever you like, and have on hand. I used dried cranberries, black raisins, brown raisins, pitted and chopped dates)
- ¾ cup seeds (did I mention any mix will do? Mine was green pumpkin seeds, white pumpkin seeds, and flax seeds)
- A couple of dashes of coconut oil
- Lightly grease a 10-inch by 10-inch pan with coconut oil. Line with parchment and grease again. My bars are pretty thin so you can use a smaller pan for thicker bars
- In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients, till well combined. I have written them in the order I mixed them, with frequent stirring in between. But “as you like it” is the theme here
- If it feels too dry, add some more coconut oil. It will be crumbly mix though.
- Spread out in pan and tamp down till even
- Bake for about 25 minutes till golden brown on the sides and firm to the touch. Rotate pan mid-way if your oven has hot spots.
- Cool thoroughly before cutting
- Loudly declaim Shakespeare “O wonderful, wonderful, and most wonderful wonderful! And yet again wonderful” while doing the cha-cha-cha across the living room (optional)