extra seedy peanut butter granola bars

chia was a staple of the ancient aztec diet. i remember trying it at an anthropology museum in middle school, we put out our hands and they dropped a few tiny little seeds in our palms. they didn’t taste much like anything but we were told the aztecs ate them because you only need a little bit to get full. they absorb water and expand in your stomach, how cool is that?

they also gained popularity as the seeds that sprout hair for chia pets and recently people have been getting hip to their health benefits. they are packed with omega-3 fatty acid, fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. now you can buy them at whole foods and spot them as an ingredient in many raw foods.

though the chia seed is perhaps the most obscure seed in this recipe, it is by far the most important. it gives the bar a soft chewy texture that without it it wouldn’t make much of a bar.

extra seedy peanut butter granola bars

1 c oats
1/3 c chia (soaked)
1/3 c buckwheat (soaked)
1/3 c black sesame seeds
1/3 c sunflower seeds
1/3 c hemp seeds
1/2 tsp cinnamon (i like mine fresh ground)
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 c maple syrup
1/2 c chunky old fashioned peanut butter

soak the buckwheat over night in water, strain them before adding them to the recipe (they may be sticky but just shake them out a bit). soak the chia in about 1/3 cup of water minutes before you add it, it will fluff up and get a nice sticky texture.

mix together the dry ingredients first and then add in the wet ingredients, mix well. spread evenly over a greased cookie tray with a spatula. bake for 35 minutes at 250 F (though if you have a dehydrator i think this recipe would be lovely raw).

yields 16 bars

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3 Responses to “extra seedy peanut butter granola bars”
  1. Those look amazing. I’ve never made granola bars but those have me tempted.

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