As I was pressing the almonds into the tops of the Savory Almond-Rosemary Granola Bars, I knew what variation I wanted to do next: Spicy Thai Peanut!
It’s a bad habit of mine: as I am finishing up one project, I tend to let go and focus on what’s next. It does not work well in all situations, but with recipe creation, it’s finally working to my advantage. These savory granola bars are delicious proof. If you love the salty-spicy-slightly sweet combination of flavors in Thai food as much as I do, you will want to make these bars asap.
The lime and fresh herbs (you can use mint, cilantro, basil, or a combination–all three are widely used in Thai cooking) make these bars sing with fresh, savory flavor. I also relied on Thai curry paste to give a backbone of spicy flavor, but I have some easy options in the notes of the recipe for using what you have on hand.
That being said: Thai curry pastes are a great addition to your pantry! They are not expensive–just a few dollars for a little jar–and they last for a very long time in the refrigerator. It’s easy to throw together a Thai curry, Thai-inspired soup, or Thai-spiced stir-fries. You can find them in the Asian section of the supermarket :).
These are such a delicious break from the monotony of super-sweet energy bars–I hope you give them a whirl!
Additional Nutrition Highlights:
*High in manganese
*Very high in vitamin B6