Happy New Year from everyone here at Back Roads Granola!
To start the new year off right, Virginia (our co-CEO and resident matriarch here at Back Roads) concocted these nutritious bars for you to enjoy–no baking necessary!
For an extra health boost, Virginia adds superfood powders such as acai, gynostemma, moringa, matcha, and maca, each with its own healthful properties. If you’re unfamiliar with powders such as these, you’ll find them at your local health food store or online. Start with just a little bit (they can have slightly strange flavors if you’re not used to them) and work your way up. In our office, our favorite flavor combinations were: acai and banana, gynostemma and wild blueberry, and moringa with golden berries.
If you’re feeling sluggish, these bars will kick you into high gear! As Virginia is fond of saying around here, “just do it.”
BRG Super Fuel Bars Recipe
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons coconut oil
¼ cup maple syrup
½ cup tahini or nut butter
½ cup nuts and / or seeds
½ cup dried fruit (such as wild blueberries, apples, etc.)
1 cup Back Roads Granola (any flavor)
½ cup flaked coconut, unsweetened
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1-2 tablespoons any superfood powder (ex: matcha, maca, moringa, gynostemma)
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
Line an 8” x 10” low-sided pan with wax paper.
Into a small saucepan, measure the vanilla, coconut oil, maple syrup, and tahini or nut butter. Warm over low heat, stirring, until just combined. Set aside.
Chop the nuts, dried fruit, and granola finely, and add to a medium-sized bowl, along with the flaked coconut, chia seeds, superfood powder, cinnamon, and salt. Stir well.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Press the mixture into the prepared pan, cover with more waxed paper, and press firmly to form an even layer. (The more firmly you press, the better the bars will hold together!) Refrigerate 1-2 hours. Cut into bars, and enjoy!
Bars keep 2 weeks refrigerated in a sealed container.
Bars keep 4+ weeks frozen in a sealed container.