Soft Oatmeal Granola Bars

Updated: Apr 8

These Soft Oatmeal Granola bars are totally customizable and use the goodness of Rooibos tea to add moisture and flavour.


By Wendy Behenna March 7, 2022


Making your own granola bars might be easier than you think! These bars come together quite quickly and are totally customizable from the types of nuts, seeds and fruit to the flavour of Rooibos tea you brew up. I used a nutty flavoured Coconut Almond Rooibos tea but the choice is yours. NOTE: Be sure to brew up this stronger strength of Rooibos tea ahead of time in order for it to cool before using. Rooibos tea doesn't go bitter when steeping, so add your leaves to a glass Pyrex measuring cup, pour on the hot water and let it sit until cool. You can strain out the leaves just before using.


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Rooibos Tea

Rooibos tea (pronounced "royboss") comes from South Africa and is a naturally decaffeinated beverage. Once the tea is fermented, the leaves turn a dark red colour so it's sometimes referred to as "Red Bush" tea. It's a delicious caffeine free beverage with a naturally sweet taste that can be enjoyed by both children and adults. This is one of my favorite night-time teas. There are many flavours to choose from so have fun finding your favorite!


Health Benefits of Rooibos Tea




Oats

Oats are a very versatile food that can be used in many ways. Whether you are making overnight oats, hot oatmeal, cookies, muffins etc. they add a good source of fiber. Not all oats are gluten-free so read the labels carefully. Did you know that if you have a recipe that calls for oat flour, you can use your high speed blender to make your own? Here's a link to show you how.

How to Make Oat Flour (Recipe and Tips) - Cookie and Kate


Health Benefits of Oats



Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a popular spice found in many recipes and especially in the ones with oats. Cinnamon is a warming spice that adds a natural sweetness to anything it is added to. There are two types of cinnamon you can buy. Cassia Cinnamon is the cheaper version and comes from Ren D Unsplash southern China. Ceylon cinnamon is from Sri Lanka and southern India and found in more specialty type stores or can be ordered online. I recommend getting this type because it is more fragrant and is known as the real or true cinnamon.


Health Benefits of Cinnamon



Soft Oatmeal Granola Bars


Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats (gluten-free if necessary)

  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans, cashews etc.)

  • 1/2 cup dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, apricots etc.)

  • 1/4 cup seeds (flax, hemp, sunflower)

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened flaked coconut

  • 1/4 cup cane sugar

  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt

  • 1 1/2 cups strongly brewed Rooibos tea ( steep 4 tsp. of tea in 1 3/4 cups boiling water till cool. Strain tea through a sieve and measure 1 1/2 cups)

  • 1 egg


Directions:

  1. Brew the tea ahead of time and have it cooled and ready to go.

  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9" x 9" pan or line with parchment paper.

  3. Mix oats, nuts, fruits, seeds, coconut, sugar, cinnamon and salt in a large mixing bowl and stir until well combined.

  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the cooled tea and egg.

  5. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir until combined.

  6. Pour this mixture into your baking dish and smooth out ingredients using a spatula.

  7. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown and firm to the touch.

  8. Remove from oven and cut into squares. Let cool completely on cooling rack before removing bars from the pan.

Store in an air-tight container in the fridge for about a week or freeze for longer storage.



Wendy Behenna is a retired Medical Laboratory Technologist who now uses the kitchen as a "lab" to create healthy, real food dishes. As a graduate of the Culinary Nutrition Program, she wants to share the knowledge she acquired to help people with meal planning and cooking skills, especially those transitioning to a gluten-free and dairy-free lifestyle. She is also a Certified Tea Sommelier and loves incorporating tea in her recipes when possible.









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