I am a grazer. Although I do not skip meals, I usually have smaller meals and have snacks through the day. When we visited Iceland over the fall, I was no different. Whenever I have a chance, I would stock up on nuts, fruit like apples or bananas (lemons too), dark chocolate or breakfast items. Also since I really cannot enjoy buffets anymore (doctor’s orders), I usually have something handy in the event that I cannot find an appropriate breakfast… or lunch. Plus, I love trying out the local treats.
|Yum! Morgunverður með kaffi - Breakfast with coffee.|
Now that I am back at home but mentally still in Iceland…my mission is to replicate what I enjoyed in Iceland. Obviously, the bars in Reykjavik became my reference of what hafraklattar should look like: square and bar-like, much like a brownie. However, in my research, I found that these are actually normally round like a cookie.
|Ingredients: Relatively Healthy!|
Also, since I am trying to have more gluten-free food – I used GF flour for this recipe. I really was not too sure about spelt flour, which is what most of the recipes called for. So, I just used a combination of oat flour and rice flour. I also tried to cut down on the butter and substituted half (about 1/4 cup) with unsweetened applesauce. The ingredient list in Matarkistan used applesauce, so I was encouraged. However, I was not sure what the proportions were. My test ratio, surprisingly, worked out very well.
Here’s what I have so far. Why don't you give it a try and let me know how you like it!
Hafraklattar (Icelandic-style Granola Bar)Based on a recipe from Tastebook.com by Auður Karitas Þórhallsdóttir
Makes about 9 cookies
- 3/4 cup gluten-free flour (I used 2/4 cup of oat flour and 1/4 cup of rice flour)
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- pinch of salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup soft butter, room temparature
- 1/4 cup applesauce
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 cups oatmeal
- 1/4 cup raisins (optional)
- 1/4 cup chocolate (optional)
- Preheat oven at 375 degrees F.
- Mix flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a bowl. Set aside.
- Cream butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla and eggs in a bowl.
- Fold in applesauce.
- Fold in dry ingredients to wet.
- Mix oatmeal and if using, the chocolate and raisins.
- Created balls the size of tomatoes and slightly flat out (I used an ice cream scoop).
- Bake at 375 F for about 13-15 mins.
- They should be a little soft when they are taken out, but harden as they cool.
I really like this "bar". It actually has a consistency of a cookie – so I feel like I am having cookies for breakfast. Unlike a cookie, this is also quite filling. I am finding that a cookie and a half is more than enough. I may make smaller ones next time.
I may try to change the add-ins next time, maybe use dried blueberries, cherries, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, or nuts… definitely add nuts... I am nutty that way. Also, I may make a crunchier version. No butter creaming, just melt it – or use coconut oil. But that may not be considered hafraklattar anymore.
Also, I am not sure what Hafraklattar translates to. All I know is it is an Icelandic-style granola bar/cookie. I hope some of you can shed some light to it.