So turmeric is kind of a big deal at the moment in the health and wellness world... turmeric lattes and golden milk is now pretty much mainstream!
I first made these bars a few months ago (when the photos were taken) and have since made them so many times with slight tweaks to the mix-ins depending on what I have to hand... they are perfect for festival food and camping trips, full of good nutrition, great sustenance for a mini meal or snack that keep you going for ages, and robust to pack!
I also realised they would be perfect for lunchboxes or after school snacks now back to school season has hit. Equally, they'd be great for breakfast-on-the-go, or a healthy mid morning/afternoon snack at work.
These were actually a spin on these amazing chocolate banana squares... featured in my 'Not Just For Goldilocks' ebook. They taste more dessert-like than snack like.
As all of my favourite recipes the variations really are endless- just be mindful to keep the proportions of wet and dry the same.
Tell me... what are you favourite 'back-to-school' or breakfast-on-the-go snacks?
Recipe: Golden Granola Bars
Makes approx 12 squares
2 cups water
2 large mashed bananas
¼ cup nut butter of choice
¼ cup ground turmeric*
2 ½ cups rolled oats
1 packed chopped dried fruit (I find cranberries, dates, apricots best)
¼ tsp black pepper (don’t omit as this activates the turmeric)
2 tbs ground ginger or cinnamon (optional)
1 cup chopped nuts and seeds
½ cup cacao nibs or dark chocolate drops (not shown in this photos but are a great addition)
*or equivalent fresh turmeric root blended into the water
Blend the water with the bananas, nut butter and fresh turmeric (if using) until very smooth.
In a separate bowl mix together the remaining ingredients and then add the banana mix slowly, making sure the everything is fully coated (it’s easy to get pockets of dry pieces if you are not careful!). If the mixture is too thick, add a touch more water.
Note: taste test the mix before baking and add a little syrup/coconut sugar only if needed.
Spoon the mixture into lined and greased brownie tin so that it is approx 2cm thick. Press firmly and smooth the top. Bake at 180C for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.