Mar 7, 2018 (Last updated Sep 12, 2021) by Hannah Sunderani
Granola or Granola Bars? Which do you prefer? Well I’ll leave you to choose. Whether it’s full bars or crumbled granola that you prefer, these Raspberry Crumble Granola Bars swing both ways.
This recipe came about because I was looking for a healthy detox granola bar that I could nosh on guilt-free at snack time. I LOVE granola and granola bars, but often find that granola is filled with empty calories from loads of sugar, making it not the healthiest of choices when it comes to snacking. Making your own granola, however is a different story. I find making your own granola the best way to know exactly what you’re getting; so you can eat healthfully, and satisfy that belly and mind.
This Raspberry Crumble Granola is a beautiful healthy granola that is full of flavour! I’ve added some not so common spices to this mix, like cloves and cardamom, with a bit of sea salt to give it a reinvigorated spin on the traditional. (Thank you Goop for the idea). It is divine! I’ve also used loads of healthy nuts and seeds, from almonds to pumpkin seeds, and flax to make it super healthful and satiating.
The stickler with granola, as I mentioned earlier is the heaps of sugar that goes into it. In most of my favourite store bought recipes it can be upwards of 30 grams per serving! But in this recipe I’ve added only a little bit of agave to keep it healthy, and then I’ve tossed in some frozen raspberries, which when cooked oozes into the granola to give it a sweet fruity taste throughout.The outcome is a healthful granola that’s the perfect amount of sweet, to get your afternoon fix.
As to whether or not I prefer these crumble granola bars in granola-form or bar-form, well, it seems I swing both ways. The bar form really feels like you are eating a substantial serving, and the flavours of cardamom and clove really pops. But in granola form, with a little bit of almond milk (esp. the homemade kind), it makes for a creamy cereal that I’d opt in for at any time of day: breakfast, snack time or dessert. I even like the best of both worlds, tossing a bar into a bowl, add pouring some almond milk directly overtop. It sort of reminds me of a more delicious weetabix (let’s hope they don’t steal my idea). But whatever shape or form you fancy, this Raspberry Crumble Granola Bar has you covered.
I will warn you however, that these bars stay true to their title: they’re Crumbly! And that’s because I haven’t added heaps of honey or agave to bind, so keep in mind while you indulge. You might want to have a plate handy to catch those fly aways, or have your little pooch near by, who I’m sure would much appreciate the kind gesture.
All-in-all I will definitely be making these healthful crumble bars again – for a healthy snack when I’m detoxing, or simply looking for a healthful granola. This one surely hits the sweet spot.