No bake Chocolate and Cherry Granola Bars with hidden greens
Green thickies have just got even more portable. Enter the Green Granola Bar Recipe! You can now have your green smoothie in bar form!
I have wanted to make a green smoothie bar for such a long time and I’ve only recently got around to it. So after testing various recipes, I finally have a granola bar recipe that I am happy with and I’m sure you’re going to love it.
Green thickies are already fairly portable. You throw your big filling smoothie into a massive container and drink it wherever you are. It’s a meal on the run. But, what if you want something even more portable, smaller, more compact, longer lasting but still want your fresh dose of daily raw energising greens, nutritious fruit, protein packed nuts/seeds, and filling oats. You’ve come to the right place today as this recipe ticks all the boxes. Did I mention it also tastes sweet, gorgeous and not a hint of any taste of greens? This bar doesn’t taste healthy, but it is. You can give it to your kids, friends and family and they’ll be none the wiser that this moreish granola bar contains anything even remotely healthy. You can rest assured there are no nasties lurking in this bar, and it comes together pretty quickly.
Raw Granola Bar Recipe with sneaky greens
This granola bar recipe is chocolate and cherry flavoured which is one of my favourite combinations, but it’s a very flexible bar. You can substitute the cherries for any other fruit and leave out the chocolate completely. It will still work. You can also replace the seeds with nuts or oats, add in any mild greens you want or leave them out altogether. The choices are endless.
You also have a choice about how raw you want this bar to be. To retain all the nutrition, leave it raw, you can eat it from frozen, or from the refrigerator. Or dehydrate it to keep the nutrition but maximize the longevity. You can also bake it in the oven which will kill some of the nutrients but make it last longer and be more flexible for travelling.
The consistency of the raw bar is fairly soft, but it holds together fairly well if it’s wrapped up. The best way to eat it raw from the fridge is to break chunks off with your fingers as it can flop a little bit if you tried to bite into it. It is harder eaten from frozen. If you want to harden it up and make it more of a substantial and portable bar, either dehydrate it or bake it.
The only thing this ‘green smoothie bar’ is missing is the water, so if you are using this as a meal replacement make sure you pack some water to take with you.
I have tried to keep the ratios of ingredients very similar to a green thickie, so that when I calculated the calories it turns out that half of this entire recipe is about 500 calories, the same as an average green thickie. So these bars can be used as a complete meal but you need to eat about half of them, or as many as it takes to fill yourself up!
UPDATE: I was just telling my husband about my green smoothie bars and he suggested I call them Green Brickies. I love that name! So the GREEN BRICKIE is born. I’m going to get to work creating some different flavoured bars so I can have a series of Green Brickies!