Anything home-made is my favourite snack while I’m knitting and I recently learned how to make these tasty honey-flavoured granola bars. They’re very easy to make and absolutely delicious, so I’d like to share one of my original and yummy granola bar recipes!
Bee Pollen Granola Bars
About Bee Pollen
I first came across bee pollen, which is a good source of protein by the way, at the Oliveology stall at Borough Market, which specialises in high quality Greek honey products, olives, and olive oils.
There is something very Japanese about the subtle flavour. I like to sprinkle it on my morning cappuccino or a slice of toast, but it tastes even better with a cup of green tea.
Honey products from Oliveology are all ethically produced and the welfare of the bees is the primary concern. What is so nice about Borough Market is that you can actually talk directly to the producer.
Marianna, the founder of Oliveology, told me their honey comes from small, independent Greek bee-keepers with many years of experience. These bee-keepers love their bees and protect and nurture them very carefully. In Greece there are many unspoiled areas up in the mountains, where the bees fly in the fresh air and feed on the extraordinarily wide variety of wild herbs and flowers.
The Oliveology bee-keepers never take all the honey away from the bees during the harvest, allowing them to keep and live on what they have actually collected themselves. This is much healthier for the bees than the methods used to make mass-produced honey, where all of the nutritious bee-honey is harvested and the bees are fed with a sugary syrup.
So I always feel reassured about buying the delicious and ‘bee-friendly’ honey products from Oliveology.
No-bake Chewy Honey Pollen Granola Bars Recipe
I hope my enthusiasm is contagious and that you’ll have lots of fun making your own granola bars with bee pollen!
2 cups jumbo rolled oats
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds & sunflower seeds mixed
80 grams organic runny honey
40 grams light brown sugar
1 tsp. water
40 grams coconut butter, cut into pieces
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
A pinch salt
1/2 cup mixed dried fruit (I used a mixture of Goji berries and sultanas)
1 tbsp. bee pollen
1. Turn on the oven to 180 C (350 F/Gas Mark 4).
2. Put the oats and seeds onto a non-stick baking tray and bake for 10 mins. – turning the mixture half-way through.
3. Whilst they are baking, mix the honey, sugar and water in a bowl and gently melt in the oven for a short period (be careful not to let the mixture burn). Or melt in a pan over a gentle heat, stirring frequently to prevent the mixture caramelising.
4. Add the vanilla extract to the melted mixture.
5. In a separate bowl or pan, melt the coconut butter.
6. Turn the oven off and transfer the oats and seeds to a large bowl.
7. Add the sugary mixture and dried fruit and mix thoroughly.
8. Then mix in the melted coconut butter.
9. Place the mixture in a 20 cm x 20 cm baking tray or a 20 cm diameter quiche mould.
10. Spread it out gently and sprinkle the top with bee pollen.
11. Press down firmly with a spoon to compact the mixture and leave to cool.
12. When the mixture is cool, place it in the fridge to harden.
13. Cut into equal pieces.
It’s delicious with a cup of green tea. Enjoy!