Granola Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds, walnuts or pecans, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup dates pitted, tightly packed
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp sunflower seeds (roasted or raw)
  • 2 tbsp flax seeds (ground or whole)
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 2 tbsp coconut butter
  • 1/4 cup date paste
  • 1/4 cup creamy salted natural peanut butter or almond butter

Method

  1. Toast oats and almonds in the oven at 350 degree F for 13-15 minutes or until slightly golden brown.
  2. Process dates in a food processor until small bits remain (about 1 minute). It should form a “dough” like consistency.
  3. Place oats, almonds and dates in a large mixing bowl. Add seeds and set aside.
  4. Warm date paste, coconut butter and peanut or almond butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir and pour over oats mixture and then mix, breaking up the dates to disperse throughout. Use a spoon or your hands to thoroughly mix.
  5. Transfer to an 8×8 dish or any other small pan lined with parchment paper so that they can be taken out easily.
  6. Cover with parchment paper and press down firmly with something flat, such as a book, to get them really packed tight. This will help them from being crumbly. Chill in the fridge or freezer for 15-20 minutes to harden.
  7. Remove the slab from the dish and cut neatly into 10 even bars. Store in an airtight container for up to a few days.