Recipe for crunchy Cinnamon Granola Bars – eat as a snack or crumble into yoghurt for breakfast
½ cup dates
½ cup raisins (or cranberries)
1 cup roughly chopped nuts (I use almonds and cashews)
1/2 cup mixed seeds
1 cup whole rolled oats (certified gluten free if necessary)
½ cup almond (or oat) flour
¼ cup coconut oil
¼ cup nut butter or peanut butter
2 Tbsp honey (or coconut sugar)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
½ tsp ground allspice
Preheat the oven to 180 °C. Grease and line a 20 cm x 20 cm shallow baking tray.
Roughly chop and then soak the dates and raisins in hot water for 2-3 minutes. Drain, chop again, and add to a large mixing bowl along with the nuts, seeds, oats and almond flour.
Heat the remaining ingredients together in a small saucepan until the coconut oil has melted, mix well and then add to the mixing bowl. Mix again until everything is well combined and then transfer to your baking dish, leveling it out using the back of a spoon.
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden and fragrant. Remove, allow to cool for a few minutes, cut into squares and then transfer to a cooling rack. Once cool, store in an airtight container for up to two weeks. Extras can be frozen for up to two months.
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Recipe provided by Sarah Graham, recipe creator and cookbook author. Visit the Sarah Graham food blog to see more. Photo Credit: Curtis Gallon.