Granola Bars

These are not normal, run of the mill granola bars. They are better! They are vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, oil-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free and 100% delicious.

These soft bars are full of wholesome and nutritious ingredients like chia, sunflower, and pumpkin seeds which keep you going because they pack a hefty amount of protein, fibre, and omega fatty acids. These bars are naturally sweetened with date paste instead of sugar- so no nasty energy slumps to worry about because of these bars.

These bars are ideal as a mid morning snack, with breakfast, or as fuel before training. These are great for those with nut allergies, you’ll be happy to know these are totally nut-free! These bars are not crunchy like a traditional granola bar, but instead they are very soft and chewy, a little like an ultra dense, sweet, doughy bread.

I love these bars sandwiched with some almond butter, but they are equally great plain.

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Makes about 10 bars

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup gluten-free rolled oats, ground into a flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup packed pitted Medjool dates (Soak for 30 minutes if they are a bit firm or your blender has a hard time blending dates smooth) 
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries, finely chopped (or other dried fruit of choice) 
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to medium heat 160C (325F) and line a 9-inch square pan with parchment/ baking paper.
  2. Add rolled oats into a high-speed blender and blitz until a fine flour forms. Put this oat flour into a large bowl.
  3. Add water and pitted dates into blender. Blend the dates and water until super smooth.
  4. Put all ingredients in the bowl and stir well until combined.
  5. Scoop the mixture into the baking dish and spread it out with a spatula to make it as flat and even as possible.
  6. image (3)Bake at 160C (325F) for about 20-25 minutes, or until firm to the touch. (It only took 15 minutes for mine to become firm- so keep an eye on your bars!)
  7. image (4)Let the bars cool in the baking dish for 5 minutes and then lift it out and transfer it to a cooling rack for another 5-10 minutes.
  8. Slice and enjoy!

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Freeze any leftovers to ensure the bars are super fresh for you to enjoy.

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