Chewy Granola Bar Recipe

We are always trying new granola bar recipes as the store bought ones are always loaded up with so much sugar.

2015-01-17 11.42.32_resizedIngredients:

  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seed butter (or nut butter if you prefer)
  • 1/4 cup each: pumpkin seeds, raisins, hemp hearts, chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats (gluten free if you need)

*you can use anything to fill these up with goodness as long as the dry ingredients all measure up to the same quantity – use crispy rice cereal, different seeds, nuts, dried fruits…

What to do:

  1. Prepare an 8×8 pan by lining it with parchment paper.
  2. Cook the dates into a jam – in a small pot over low heat, add 1-2Tbsp water to the dates and cook until they fall apart. For raw – place the dates in a food processor or blender.
  3. Place all dry ingredients in a bowl and stir.
  4. In a small pot, melt the seed butter with the maple syrup or honey, stir until smooth.
  5. Pour the hot mixture over the dry ingredients and stir until blended.
  6. Dump the combined mixture into the prepared pan and press down until uniform. Cover with another bit of parchment paper. Cool in freezer for 30 minutes or until hard.
  7. Remove from pan, chop into bars (I did 9 bars).

These have kept really well in the air tight container in the freezer for a couple of weeks. Fabulous little snack or breakfast before the gym.

Enjoy!

Yours in Health,

Kerri and Whitney