Matcha Granola Bars by "My New Roots"
Looking for another way to get your matcha fix and enjoy a bit of a sweeter snack while keeping it on the healthier side? Sarah from My New Roots has the recipe you were looking for. Those green matcha granola bars are a delight.
We'll break it down here in a few words while giving our own twist to try to keep it as whole food plant based as possible. This makes 14 bars that you'll love. And of course we recommend sipping on a Rise Matcha tea while you're at it.
- 1 to 2 tablespoon of Rise Matcha (about 4 grams) - adjust to taste
- 2 cups / 200g of rolled oats
- 1 cup / 135g of pumpkin seeds (we recommend flax seeds)
- 1 ½ cups of unsweetened puffed rice cereal (rice, millet, quinoa)
- ½ cup of mix dried fruits (roughly chopped) - goji berries, figs, prunes
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil (a healthier replacement would be to use 2-3 walnuts and crush them in very little pieces, it will add a bit of a oily crunch full of omega 3)
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
- Healthy sweetener (to your taste) - we recommend homemade date syrup (see this recipe which is whole food and contains pitted dates, hot water and blended peeled lemon)
Ingredients you may add or avoid to your taste
- A tiny sprinkle of salt (though we think it tastes great without it).
What to avoid: Remember that generally syrup, oil and salt are better when... avoided or reduced. Allow yourself some little joy from time to time but never abuse it. :)
- Preheat oven (325°F/160°C) and roast oats and seeds on a baking sheet for about 10 min until golden.
- Blend the liquids in a saucepan (sweetener, vanilla extract, coconut oil) at low temperature
- When cooled down, combine everything into a big bowl (slowly adding the liquid from step 2). Mix it well.
- Put your mixture in the fridge into a big pan lined with baking paper or any wrap. Press firmly. Let it cool down.
Cut them into pieces, then make yourself a hot or iced Rise Matcha and have a well deserved break!
This original recipe comes from Sarah who has a cookbook and tons of plant based recipes on her website that we recommend. Feel free to check that out.
And of course, try our Matcha here