My Fave Granola Bars

It’s been over a month now – I was vegging out on Facebook – searching for recipe posts from my raw food groups.  I so badly wanted to try something new, had to be raw, something quick and easy to make!

I was searching on my wall when I stumbled upon …. Raw Nut Butter Bars by the Rawfoodfamily.  It’s been a long time since I can bring myself to even look at granola bars.  Most of them are sickly sweet, made with corn syrup, processed, and over-packaged.

I was searching for fresh, tasty, and packed-full with nutrients.  Is it possible to be fresh, healthy, tasty AND good looking?  You be the judge!

I am sharing the recipe by Rawfoodfamily, and you should consider checking out their page and following them on Facebook. They are on a wonderful journey together, as a family, travelling the world, sharing their adventures and recipes with all. Thanks to them, I have learned some more, and have added some great recipes to my library :).

Here’s the recipe for Raw Nut Butter Bars:

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The dry mix:
1 cup almonds
1 cup rolled oats
½ cup dessicated coconut
½ cup pepitas
½ cup sunflower seeds
½ cup goji
 berries
¼ cup cacao nibs

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The caramel:
1 tbsp tahini
½ cup dates (pitted)
¼ cup coconut oil
½ cup rice malt syrup

Method/Steps:

1) In a food processor, blend the dry mix ingredients until coarsely chopped. Put the mixture into a medium to large bowl.

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2) Combine all the caramel ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Add the caramel to the oats and nut mixture, use your hands to mix the caramel into the dry mix. It will be a sticky process!

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3) Line a flat square tray with grease proof paper. Empty the mixture into the tray and push down firmly, you want the mixture to be around 2cm thick.

4) Place in the fridge for around an hour to set.

NOTES:
I did not coarsely chop my ingredients. I love my almonds whole and ok, you can bake the nuts if you wish – I baked mine because I had raw sunflower seeds, pepitas, and almonds. I put all on a baking pan except for the goji berries and cacao nibs.

{I doubled the recipe but replaced 1/2 cup oats with 1/2 sesame seeds. I also replaced 1/2 cup rolled oats with 1/2 cup large oat flakes.}

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After I removed them from the oven, I let them cool for about 10 minutes, then transferred mixture into a big metal bowl. I then added the goji berries and cacao nibs.

For the caramel – soak the dates for about 30 minutes in water, then drain. Put this, along with the other ingredients into a food processor and blend. (Tip – I melted the coconut oil with some coconut butter, 2 T.)

I used silicone molds instead of lining a tray. They came out perfectly!

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My favourite thing about granola bars – texture! A mix of seeds, nuts, dried fruit, coconut flakes …

What do you love about granola bars?

 

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