Moist & Chewy Granola Bars

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Clean energy

Energy-rich food is so important when going for an extended workout. Hiking, running, swimming and cycling long distances all require a substantial amount of healthy energy. The tried and tested tradition for this energy is usually granola bars! These have been a staple snack from the time we were children and have always been marketed as healthy. But are they really?

Supermarket bars

While there are a lot of really great vegan granola/energy bars on the market Larabar and some of the Clifbar range to name a couple, most of the supermarket brand bars are full of processed sugar and preservatives. While they are easy to grab on the go, the energy you find with these granola bars isn’t sustainable and not particularly healthy.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

There is no better than a homemade granola bar

I don’t know what it is that makes homemade taste better. Is it just the satisfaction of knowing I’ve made it? Or is it that I know that the ingredients are fresh? Or that I can tailor the flavours to suit my preferences? I imagine it’s a combination of all of these things but whatever the reason there is nothing like a homemade, vegan granola bar.

For kids and adults

These natural, handmade, vegan granola bars are a hit with both kids and adults. Dates, almond butter, maple syrup, oats and almonds are the base for these delicious gluten-free granola bars. They can then be flavoured with any number of ingredients — from cranberries, figs and chocolate to a pinch or two of fleur de sel — for that salty/sweet combination.

Take them on a long hike or use them as fuel for that marathon you’re training for. Whatever the reason – you will absolutely love them and your gut will too!

Recipe by Chef Michael[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”6118″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” el_class=”recipe-image” css=”.vc_custom_1598840288349{margin-top: 20px !important;}”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner offset=”vc_hidden-lg vc_hidden-md”][qodef_recipe servings=”18 – 24″ ingredients_1=”%5B%7B%22ingredient%22%3A%221%20cup%20pitted%20dates*%22%7D%2C%7B%22ingredient%22%3A%221%2F4%20cup%20liquid%20sweetener%20(such%20as%20maple%20syrup%20or%20agave)%20**%22%7D%2C%7B%22ingredient%22%3A%221%2F4%20cup%20almond%20butter%22%7D%2C%7B%22ingredient%22%3A%221%201%2F2%20cups%20rolled%20oats%22%7D%2C%7B%22ingredient%22%3A%221%20cup%20roasted%20almonds%2C%20roughly%20chopped%22%7D%2C%7B%22ingredient%22%3A%221%2F2%20tsp%20fleur%20de%20sel%2C%20or%20to%20taste%22%7D%2C%7B%22ingredient%22%3A%221%2F4%20cup%20dark%20chocolate%20(either%20chips%20or%20discs%2C%20roughly%20chopped)%22%7D%2C%7B%22ingredient%22%3A%221%2F4%20cup%20dried%20cranberries%2C%20or%20to%20taste%22%7D%2C%7B%22ingredient%22%3A%221%2F4%20dried%20figs%2C%20chopped%22%7D%5D” ingredients_2=”%5B%7B%7D%5D” ingredients_3=”%5B%7B%7D%5D” instructions=”%5B%7B%22instruction%22%3A%22Place%20the%20dates%20in%20the%20bowl%20of%20a%20food%20processor%20fitted%20with%20the%20metal%20blade%20and%20process%20until%20only%20small%20bits%20remain.%20They%20should%20have%20a%20dough-like%20consistency%20when%20done.%22%7D%2C%7B%22instruction%22%3A%22Place%20the%20dates%2C%20liquid%20sweetener%20and%20almond%20butter%20in%20a%20medium%20bowl%2C%20stirring%20to%20blend.%20Add%20the%20rolled%20oats%20and%20almonds%2C%20mixing%20well%20to%20combine.%20When%20blended%2C%20add%20the%20chocolate%2C%20cranberries%2C%20figs%20and%20salt%2C%20mixing%20vigorously%20to%20blend%20completely.%22%7D%2C%7B%22instruction%22%3A%22Line%20an%208-%20x%208-inch%20baking%20dish%20or%20a%20casserole%20with%20parchment%20paper%20or%20plastic%20wrap.%20Spoon%20the%20mixture%20into%20the%20prepared%20dish%20and%20use%20your%20fingers%20to%20press%20it%20down%20to%20make%20an%20even%20layer.%20You%20may%20find%20this%20easier%20to%20do%20if%20your%20hands%20are%20just%20slightly%20wet.%22%7D%2C%7B%22instruction%22%3A%22Cover%20the%20mixture%20with%20plastic%20wrap%20and%20place%20into%20the%20freezer%20for%20at%20least%2015%20minutes%20to%20harden.%20Once%20the%20mixture%20is%20very%20firm%20to%20the%20touch%2C%20remove%20it%20from%20the%20dish%20and%20cut%20into%20serving-sized%20portions.%20Store%2C%20airtight%2C%20at%20room%20temperature%20or%20wrap%20the%20pieces%2C%20individually%20in%20plastic%20wrap%2C%20and%20store%2C%20frozen.%22%7D%2C%7B%7D%5D” notes=”*Note: If the dates do not feel quite moist and sticky, soak them for approximately 10 minutes in hot water to soften. Drain before using it.

**Depending on how sweet you like your food, you may want to half or adjust the amount of sweetener used.

If you want to make this recipe gluten-free, be sure to buy gluten-free oats. Also note that the oats can be used raw or, if desired, toasted slightly. To toast, place them in a baking pan in a preheated 350°F oven and toast for 10 to 15 minutes or just until they turn a light golden brown.

Feel free to adjust the amounts of chocolate, cranberries and figs and/or substitute them with any other ingredient that you may prefer. A few other ideas would be cacao nibs, hemp seeds or pistachio nuts, but the options are endless.

You can use another quality of salt, but do not use table salt as it will not lend the same delicate salt flavor that fleur de sel will add.” prep_time=”30 Minutes” cook_time=”15 Minutes”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][templatera id=”7767″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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