We've been indulging in cherries recently, with the summer fruits rolling into our grocery stores, it's a great time to try new recipes.
In addition to being a healthy and tasty snack, cherries contain lots of goodies that can help boost 0ur minds and bodies. Largely underestimated, cherries are brilliant little power balls for athletes to help reduce inflammation, provide Vitamin C and improve recovery time.
We've team up with the cherry experts, CMI, to bring you new and innovative ways to get these fruity delights into your daily diet. This week, we baked up a batch of Cherry Chocolate and Cashew Granola Bars.
Total Time: 25 Minutes
These granola bars are easy and tasty, but perfect for a mid-ride snack for that extra boost of energy.
- 128g Chopped Cashews
- 64g Chopped Almonds
- 64g Dried Montmorency Cherries
- 64g Puffed Rice Cereal
- 32g Pumpkin Seeds
- 32g Chocolate Chunks
- Pinch Sea Salt
- 1 tablespoon Flaxseeds
- 32g Brown Rice Syrup
- 1 tablespoon Almond Butter
Preheat oven to 160 degrees C and line an 8×8 inch baking pan with baking paper.
Mix all dry ingredients together in a bowl, and in a smaller bowl stir together syrup and almond butter until combined.
Gently fold wet mixture into the dry mixture until completely even and combined.
Transfer mixture to prepared baking dish.
Using an extra sheet of parchment paper, press down on the mixture to form it to the pan and ensure there are no spaces in the mix.
Bake for 15 minutes in the pre-heated oven, until they start to gold.
Allow bars to cool completely in the pan and on a wire drying rack. Place in fridge or freezer for faster cooling.
Once cooled, remove parchment paper on top, and using a serrated knife, slice into 10 even bars. Remove parchment paper from bottom of each bar.
Wrap each bar individually with plastic wrap to store for snack time. Place wrapped bars in airtight container, and store for up to 5 days, or in fridge for up to 2 weeks... If you can resist them that is!
These are a tasty winner for us, and certainly a perfect food partner for those long cycle rides.
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