Powerbars by Rens Kroes | insimoneskitchen.com

Yes, I’m back! Yesterday I came back from hot hot Jordan and bang, right back in the middle of rainy season here in the Netherlans. And it’s funny how that works. While we were melting away by the pool with 40 degees Celsius in the shade (yes really) we came to the conclusion that rain sounded really good. Nice cold and wet… And as soon as you arrive back in Holland and you’re standing in that rain, those 40 C don’t seem so bad anymore and sound rather appealing. Hahaha… How easy we are to forget! Don’t they say “the grass is always greener on the other side?”

But seriously: I am so not made for 40 degrees… Powerbars as the ideal snack | insimoneskitchen.com

You can leave it up to me to go to Jordan when there is some sort of heatwave going on. Where even the locals are complaining that it is hotter than it has ever been. We also got some serious lightning storms on the last evening followed by the first rains of the season. It was apparently also just in time that we left Wadi Rum as it started raining about an hour after we left and the whole area was closed due to flash floods! Can you believe? Anyway, I’ll be sharing more of my trip to Jordan very soon. I was impressed with the country and the people.

Which all have nothing to do with these delicious snacks. I had made granola bars before and those were pretty good too but these are on another level. The recipe is from the sister of the famous Dutch model Doutzen Kroes. Heard of her? She must be the most successful model in the Netherlands. Her sister, almost as pretty, is doing really well as a health coach and this recipe is from her second book. It’s in Dutch but it is called Powerfood 2. Great recipes in there for the days when you want to go the healthy way.

Granola bars by Rens Kroes | insimoneskitchen.com

Granola bars

Yield: 12 bars or cubes

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: Cooling time 2 hours

This recipe has no added sugar or gluten and is vegetarian and vegan approved 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 85 gr mixed unsalted nuts
  • 190 gr dates (medjool are the best for this)
  • 120 gr rolled oats
  • 70 gr nut butter of your choice
  • 2 tbsp of honey
  • 65 gr mixed seeds (hemp seeds, sunflower, chia, pumpkin, flaxseeds)
  • 50 gr mixed dried fruits, like cranberries, raisins, apricots and/or goji berries
  • bit of sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 2 tbsp of coconut oil

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 C. Put the oats into an oventray and roast for about 15 minuten or until golden. Leave to cool.
  2. In the meantime put the nuts together with the dates (pits removed) into the food processor and turn till you have a sticky mass.
  3. Heat the nut butter with the honey in a small saucepan and add this to the date mixture and add all the other ingredients to it as well in the bowl. Knead it all together till you have a sticky mix.
  4. Spread the mixture out on a baking tray or low ovendish and press with the back of a spoon. This is important or they will fall apart.
  5. Place the bowl in the fridge for at least two hours and cut into cubes with a sharp knife
  6. Keep in the fridge in an airtight container and you can enjoy them for two weeks.
  7. Zet de schaal minstens twee uur in de koelkast en snij ze met een scherp mes in blokjes of repen.
Recipe by Rens Kroes