no bake sour cherry + peanut butter granola bars

These are only a slightly altered version of The Nutritious Princess's original recipe which you can find here

Having recently taken to the concept of Minimalism, when it comes to gifts, we've decided that we would rather allocate some time and space in our lives to make a thoughtful gift (food or otherwise) with the receiver in mind the whole time instead of purchasing a present (unless we know it's something that the receiver 200% will LOVE and has asked for).

In this instance, it was something super YUM!  Looking for a treat to make my mother for her birthday, I remembered that she LOVES Cherries which just happened to be in my freezer at the time.  This recipe had been sitting in my bookmarks and I was keen to give it a go, so I experimented by adding the Sour Cherries and a few other tweaks.

Extremely happy to say they were devoured and enjoyed by all.  Let me know what you think x  

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USE THIS
1/2 cup natural peanut butter (I always like to use crunchy for texture)
1/2 cup honey or rice malt syrup
1/4 cup touch chopped quality chocolate (use unsweetened unless you are have a VERY sweet tooth)
1 1/2 cups oats
1/2 cup chopped peanuts
2 tbsp coconut flakes
4 tbsp chia seeds
tiniest pinch of sea salt
1/2 cup frozen Sour Cherries (though I would use fresh if I had them)

 

WHAT NEXT
Over a low to medium heat, use a double boiler and melt the peanut butter, honey and chocolate chips

1. In a bowl, combine the oats, chopped peanuts, coconut flakes, chia seeds and sea salt.
2. Pour the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients and mix well to coat everything.
3. Press the granola bar mixture into a small square pan lined with baking paper. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours before cutting.

Once cut, I leave these in the freezer as the sour cherries are full of water and will start to lose liquid as they defrost.  Take out whenever it's time for a yum treat x