Last week I made these yummy power-packed fruit-nut-seed snack bars – with walnuts, raisins, blueberries & cocoa and these were baked with powdered oats, orange juice and baking soda.
This week, I wanted to try making a granola bar without any baking soda & orange juice, and also something that did not need freezing, and could be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for a week. These make great travel snacks for your travel trips, and come handy whenever hunger strikes. You never have to feel any guilt having these chunky heavy duty bars as they are full of super nutritious ingredients like rolled oats, almonds, peanut butter, dried fruits and walnuts & flaxseeds (both extra rich in omega3).
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup milled or finely chopped flaxseeds (or a mix of flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds)
1/2 cup dessicated coconut or coconut flakes
1 cup chopped mixed nuts (I used walnuts 70%, almonds 20% & brazil nuts 10%)
1 cup dates
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup dried fruits (I used cranberries & raisins)
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup mix of honey and golden syrup (you could use only honey)
2 tbsp of chocolate chips (for a bit of indulgence – omit if you do not want to indulge)
1 tbsp oil
1) Preheat oven 175C for 10 minutes.
2) Combine all the other dry ingredients in a big bowl – oats, milled flaxseeds, coconut, finely chopped nuts & salt (dont forget the chocolate chips)
3) Puree dates and dried fruits in a food processor till they become a thick paste. Add the mixture along with peanut butter, oil and honey & golden syrup in a pan over low/medium heat and stir until combined into a thick paste.
4) Mix the paste into the dry ingredients. It is going to be a bit difficult to mix evenly, so use your hands to mix it (yes it is going to be very sticky).
5) Onto a greased 8 X 8 or 6 X 10 baking pan, press the mixture evenly. You can use a parchment paper to press tightly evenly.
6) Bake for 20-25 minutes at 175C.
7) Remove from pan, let it cool completely before cutting into 12 chunky nutritious pieces.
P.S. Dont forget to lick off the spatula and the bowl (like I did) – it is going to taste Delicious!!!!
Who knew that something so decadent looking can be so good for you! 🙂