Ohhhh Granola Bars….. They have such good intentions, most appear to be healthy, (at least that’s how their promoted) but if you take a closer look at your favourite supermarket granola bar, you may be shocked to learn their is a lot more things in there you thought were doing you good.
I grew up on granola bars. It makes sense for parents. They are typically cheap, have phrases such as “all natural” or “sugar free” and are a super convenient snack to keep stached in your purse or lunch box!
Who wouldn’t fall for that!?
What most people don’t realize is that their are soooo many hidden ingredients in the typical granola bar. You would think that they have maybe 10 ingredients — guess again. Next time your in the grocery store take a little gander at how many ingredients are in your favourite snack. Can you pronounce all of the ingredients? Probably not.
If it doesn’t make sense in your head, it won’t make sense in your gut.
This is why I wanted to share with you an AMAAAAZING granola bar recipe!!!
And I promise your going to drool.
This recipe was altered from The Minimalist Bakers website. If you haven’t yet been to this site, it’s an absolute must! So many delicious dairy free recipes to choose from!
Heres what you’ll need:
- 1/2 cup pitted medjool dates
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup all natural Peanut Butter
- 1/4 cup natural honey (or sub maple syrup for vegan option)
- 1 cup roasted un-salted almonds
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1 1/2 cups GF rolled oats
- 1 tbsp flax seeds
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
- dairy free chocolate chips (or sub dark chocolate)
- 2 pinches of salt
- In a small sauce pan, gently warm honey and all natural peanut butter on low. Add in your salt, and stir to combine. ***salt is necessary to cut the sweetness of the dates***
- Line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper so they can be easily lifted out.
- Combine flax seeds and 2 tablespoons of water to create a “flax egg”. Let your flax egg set up for a few minutes – this will help to hold your bars together.
- Process dates and cranberries in a food processor or high speed blender until small bits remain. ***I recommend soaking your dates and cranberries for 10 minutes before processing them so their nice and gooey***
- Roughly chop your almonds and pumpkin seeds and place that into a bowl with the oats, date & cranberrie mixture, flax egg, and peanut butter/ honey mixture.
- Add in your chia seeds and stir to fully combine. Taste the mixture and add more salt if too sweet.
- Melt the chocolate in the microwave for about 30 seconds.
- Place mixture into baking dish and pat down until evenly distributed. You want your bars to stick together, so put some muscle into it!!
- Spread melted chocolate over top of the bars and sprinkle with coconut.
- Place into freezer to let set up for an hour.
- Remove from baking sheet, cut into 14 bars and enjoy!!!!