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 remember they puffed up with a gel-like substance when you let them sit on your tongue for a minute.  We were told the Aztecs ate them because you only need a little bit to get full since 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 and holds the whole bar together.

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
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 c maple syrup
1/2 c chunky old fashioned peanut butter

Preheat the oven to 250F.

Soak the buckwheat at least 1 hour or up to over night in fresh 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 for at least 10 minutes before you add it, it will fluff up, absorb the water, 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, then let cool and slice into bars.

This makes an awesome quick breakfast or snack on the go.  Wrap them up in parchment paper or a plastic bag to keep them fresh and enjoy within a few days.

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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