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!
- 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)
- 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.
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!