We’ve repeatedly mentioned and written about how good natural energy bars are for you, especially as a fuelling source during a run. We looked at making a homemade oatmeal and banana last time, but decided to go classic with a granola bar this time. Even though there are amazing natural and organic brands to source good granola from, you can never beat home-made food, especially one that is so healthy, and full of fresh ingredients.

So today, we are going to list down a simple recipe for making granola at home. Once ready, you can top it with some smooth Greek yogurt, or just a smidgen of smooth peanut butter and fruit of your choice (Strawberries, mango, grapes work the best), or simply carry a couple of bars in your waist pack during a run. You won’t believe how long a small bite of granola bar goes in your run. And this recipe is hundred percent vegan. So here goes:

What you will need:

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup raisinsHow to make it

    Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.

    In a large bowl, combine the oats, nuts, coconut, and brown sugar.

    In a separate bowl, combine maple syrup, oil, and salt. Combine both mixtures and pour onto 2 sheet pans. Cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes to achieve an even color.

    Remove from the oven and transfer into a large bowl. Add raisins and mix until evenly distributed.

    Et voila! Home-made granola to keep you energised without taking up too much of your time. Depending on the consistency of the granola, you may be able to cut off the granola into bars which deliver an awesome punch mid-run or simply keep some in a jar and scoop it into a bowl of cereal or muesli. Bon appètit and happy running!

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