Granola Bars

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups rolled oats
  • ½ cup raw almonds, walnuts or pecans, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup dates, pitted and tightly packed down
  • 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
  • ¼ cup date paste
  • ¼ cup creamy salted natural peanut butter or almond butter

Method

  1. Toast oats and almonds in a pre-heated oven at 180 °C (350 °F) for 13-15 minutes, or until slightly golden brown.
  2. Process the dates in a food processor, until small bits remain (about 1 minute). It should be of a “dough”-like consistency.
  3. Place oats, almonds and dates in a large mixing bowl. Add seeds and keep aside.
  4. Warm the date paste, coconut butter and peanut or almond butter in a small saucepan, over low heat. Stir and pour over the 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″ X 8″ dish, or any other small pan lined with parchment paper, so that they can be easily taken out.
  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 refrigerator 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 in the refrigerator for up to a few days.