Last weekend we attempted to hike to the top of Mount Roy, a mountain just outside Wanaka which loads of people climb. It was a beautiful sunny day and we plodded along up the zig zag trail to the top, playing ridiculous games…I don’t know if you know this one but we call it shag, marry, push of a cliff, then we proceed to think of three people and then make the victim choose which one they will shag, marry or push off a cliff. It’s kind of hilarious, especially when you pick really old people. So we played that for 2 hours and then realised that we were not even close to the top and we didn’t take any snacks and had a team of “hangry” hikers (a mix of hungry and angry)
We managed to get to the ridge before the top and take some pretty pictures, then some old dude in very tight hot pants told me that we were already higher than Ben Nevis which is the highest point in the UK, so I thought…job done, I have already conquered enough and we can go home because we still have a long walk down and no one likes an over achiever.
My point to that story relating to these granola bars is that if I was clever and had taken a granola bar then I would for sure have made it to the top! So make these bars and go on epic mountain climbing adventures and play my stupid game and giggle.
Makes a tray2 tbsp chia seeds soaked in 4 tbsp water 2 cups rolled oats ½ cup buckwheat groats 1½ cup chopped nuts, brazil, walnuts, almonds, pecans…whatever you fancy or a mix ¼ cup coconut oil, melted ¼ cup honey, agave or maple syrup 60g dates 1 tsp cinnamon 2 ripe bananas ¼ cup cacao powder or organic cocoa 1 cup coconut chips or desiccated coconut
Preheat the oven to 180˚C. Mix the chia seeds with the water and stir.
In a bowl mix the nuts with the oats, buckwheat and melted coconut oil.
Toast on a baking tray for about 20-30 mins stirring occasionally until they are a bit crispy and golden…a bit like granola.
Using a blender mix the bananas, cinnamon, dates and cocoa together until smooth.
When the granola is toasted mix all the ingredients together in a bowl with the soaked chia and press into a baking tray lined with baking paper.
Bake in the oven for about 20-40 mins…all ovens are different so it’s best to just check every 5 mins after its been 20. You want the bars to be golden all over. Leave aside to cool before slicing into hunky hiker bars.
Store in an airtight container or wrap up and freeze in a ziplock.
All photos by Camilla Rutherford