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Low-carb granola bars

Nuts love seeds, seeds love dark chocolate, and they’re all in love with coconut. Be prepared for a big bear hug of flavour, when you combine all those flavours into healthy and low-carb granola bars!

Ingredients

  • 75 g almonds
  • 75 g walnuts
  • 50 g (75 ml) sesame seeds
  • 50 g (100 ml) pumpkin seeds
  • 30 g (40 ml) flaxseed
  • 50 g (150 ml) unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 50 g dark chocolate with a minimum of 70% cocoa solids
  • 6 tbsp coconut oil
  • 4 tbsp tahini (sesame paste)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 75 g dark chocolate with a minimum of 70% cocoa solids, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 175°C.
  • Mix all the ingredients in a blender or food processor until they are coarsely chopped.
  • Spoon the mixture into a 7×11 baking dish, preferably lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake for 15–20 minutes, or until the cake has turned golden brown.
  • Let cool a little and remove from the baking dish. Divide into 20 or 24 pieces with a sharp knife.
  • Melt the chocolate in a water bath using a double boiler or in the micro-wave oven.
  • Dip each bar in the chocolate, but just about half an inch or on just one side. Let cool completely.
  • Keep in the refrigerator or freezer.

Tip!

Just use your favourite nuts and seeds, or what you have on hand. A healthy nut and seed mix could consist of equal parts of almonds/hazel nuts/macadamia nuts, pecan nuts/walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and flax seeds.

The tahini (sesame paste) can be substituted with almond or nut butter. But remember that for example peanut butter has a lot more carbohydrates than sesame paste. Let your imagination run wild!