I really could have gone one of these Goji Berry Granola Bars last Sunday. Disneyboi and I both ran 6miles (10K) in aid of Sport Relief and the bars would have provided us with plenty of needed energy!
nu3 a company which sells nutrients and supplements across Europe asked if I would like to try out their Goji berries. As you may know goji berries are powerful wee things – packed full of protein, vitamin C, carotenoids, B vitamins and iron. And that’s only half of it. Plus they taste lightly fruit and almost a bit like tea.
So I wanted to incorporate these dried superfruit berries into something slightly on the healthier side – granola bars. They are made with toasted oats, chopped hazelnuts and other delicious healthier ingredients. They are bound together by a bit of butter and sugar, but that makes them perfect energy bars.
I based these on granola bars I saw over at Inspired Taste. But they are so adaptable, you could add other ingredients you love. Here’s my take on them:
Yield: About 18 bars
230 grams porridge oats
80 grams chopped hazelnuts
30 grams desiccated coconut
113 grams agave nectar (or honey)
56 grams unsalted butter, cubed
50 grams light muscavado sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or extract)
Pinch of Salt
60 grams goji berries
70 grams chocolate chips
Adapted from Inspired Taste
Line an 8”x8” square baking pan with greaseproof paper and set aside.
Preheat the oven to 180C and place the oats on a large baking sheet (if the hazelnuts aren’t pre-roasted, add them to the baking sheet also). Pop into the oven when it gets to temperature and bake for 5 minutes, remove and stir about and return to the oven for another 3 minutes. Transfer these to a large bowl with the coconut.
In a saucepan, melt the butter, agave nectar (or honey), sugar, vanilla and salt and then add to the mix of nuts and oats. Stir thoroughly to combine. Add the goji berries and mix in thoroughly. Lastly add the chocolate chips, after leaving the mix to cool a little. They will still melt slightly, so don’t worry.
Transfer the mix to the prepared pan and press down firmly with an off-set spatula or similar. Press down as hard as you can to ensure the bars stay together and don’t crumble away. Pop into the fridge for two hours to cool.
Once set, remove from the pan and peel away the greaseproof paper and with a sharp knife cut into bars. I got 18 from my batch.
The bars are chewy and sweet and very moreish! They keep in an airtight box for a few days – if you can make them last that long! Enjoy…
Check out nu3 for the goji berries and their other items.
And lastly a big thank you to everyone who sponsored Disneyboi and I for our run. Between us we raised over £450 in aid of Sport Relief.
Disclosure Statement: I received the goji berries free to review. I was not asked to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.