Hi there, my lovely readers. Once again, I have to apologize for the radio silence on my blog… I am SO SORRY! The past few months have been kinda crazy, and I just didn’t find the time / motivation to work on recipes anymore. My days kinda existed of studying, working, and stuffing myself with (rather unhealthy) comfort food. It’s urgently time to start living more healthy again, and this new recipe fits perfectly in that resolution.
Recently my boyfriend turned 27, and one of the presents he got was a new vegan cookbook. Of course, as soon as he opened the present, we both knew that I was the one who was actually gonna use it 😉 But I must say, I’ve been overjoyed ever since! The cookbook is “Vegan in 7” by Rita Serano, and it fully answers to the image I have of the perfect cookbook! It has easy recipes, each made with no more than 7 ingredients, no bullshit, just pure and delicious vegan food! I mean, how awesome does that sound? I tell you; pretty awesome! So I instantly got in the kitchen to make my own version of one of her recipes, which turned out to be these healthy breakfast bars! And they literally rocked my world… Small side note; my boyfriend was still very happy with the present, because he knew I was gonna cook him a lot of new things 😉
I often neglect breakfast, even though I know it’s the most important meal of the day. Most of the time I’m not that hungry, still too sleepy to make me something decent, or it’s already too close to noon so I just decide to wait till then to eat. But I must say, these bars are a game changers. I just take one out of the freezer in the morning, and can immediately start my day in a very good way! You can also make tons of variations on them, using different types of dried fruit, nuts, seeds, puffed grains, and so on.
I must warn you guys though, before we get in the kitchen… These bars are so good that there’s a slight possibility they won’t even make it till the morning… I know some people who already ate half of the batch in front of the tv at night (not even sorry :P) because they were THAT GOOD! So if you want to protect your breakfast, then just stay away from the freezer… If not, then just ENJOY! 😉
- What do you need? (10 bars)
– 65g oatmeal
– 35g puffed quinoa
– 5 to 10 dried dates
– Pumpkin seeds (amount to your own taste)
– 60 ml maple syrup (or agave / rice syrup)
– 120 ml nut butter (almond or peanut)
– 1 teaspoon cinnamon
– A pinch of salt
- How do you make it?
Take a baking tray and put some baking paper in it. Roast the oatmeal in a pan for about 5 minutes and add it to a bowl, together with the puffed quinoa, pumpkin seeds and dates. Mix well.
Add the nut butter, maple syrup and cinnamon to a sauce pan, add a pinch of salt and heat for about 1,5 minutes until it’s become a liquid mixture. Be careful, stir well and keep the fire low, otherwise it will burn. Once ready, add the mixture to the dry ingredients and mix everything well.
Put the mixture in the baking tray and spread out using the back of a spoon. Press the mixture down (also with the back of the spoon) so that the bars will be firm and won’t fall apart. Freeze for at least 45 minutes, then cut it into bars.
You can then store the bars in the fridge or just leave them in the freezer and take one out every morning (or every other moment during the day). Easy, filled with good stuff and super delicious! Enjoy!