Recipe provided by Travaasa Austin Executive Chef Ben Baker.

Did you know: Santa Claus consumes upwards of 600 million cookies on Christmas Eve (from our extremely scientific calculations). Help his waistline out a bit this year by making these healthy-but-still-delicious cookies.

Ingredients

  • 6 cups rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cups maple syrup or honey or agave nectar
  • 2 Tbsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 2/3 cup chia seeds
  • 2/3 cup pepitas

Preparation

  1. Toast rolled oats in an oven until golden brown.
  2. Place peanut butter, maple syrup, coconut oil, and cinnamon in a sauce pot a heat on low. Stir mixture until homogenized.
  3. In a separate bowl mix the oats, chia seeds, and pepitas.
  4. Add one half of the peanut butter mixture to the oat mixture, and fold together. Add the rest of the peanut butter mixture and fold together.
  5. Press granola bar mixture into cookie sheet and cook gently for ten minutes at 250 degrees.
  6. Allow to cool and set for one hour.
  7. Cut into bars.