Updated: Feb 18, 2019
I am huge granola fan. Mostly because you can add in so many yummy healthy ingredients to your granola to create different flavours and play with different textures as well. I have shared a granola recipe on my blog before, the recipe I shared is pretty awesome because it has one basic recipe that can be created into 3 different flavours. Now we are taking it one step further by making homemade granola bars or square (depending on how you roll).
So, I made these granola bars/ squares a couple of times. The first few times I cut the granola bars/ squares into bars. I added quite a lot of nuts and seeds, and very little ground flax seeds. The bars turned out to be crumbly but yet they could still hold their shape. The next couple of times I added in less seeds and more ground flaxseeds. The bars/ square where more firm and had a very nutty flavour. I cut this batch into squares rather than bars.
The granola bar recipe is very versatile, so you can add in more ground flaxseeds or less flaxseeds. You can add in more nuts and less seeds. Honestly it is how chewy or firm you would like your granola bars/ squares to be. The measurements in the recipe I have provided makes the granola bars/squares firm yet still chewy. Use the recipe as a guide to create your perfect granola bar/square.
⬇ Granola squares ⬆
Lately I have been obsessed with this super tasty snack. They are incredibly easy to make and they taste amazing. These granola bars are naturally sweetened with dates and honey; this makes the granola bars soft and chewy. By adding in nuts and seeds it adds a crunchy texture to the bars.
⬇ Granola Bars ⬆
These granola bars are amazing for a quick breakfast paired with some yoghurt and fresh fruit. Or if you like me and you enjoy snacking these granola bars are an wonderful healthy guilt free snack.
Homemade granola bars
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 15-20 minutes
Makes: 8 bars or 16 squares
1 cup/ 250ml pitted dates
¾ cup/ 180ml hot water
2 T/30ml honey (agave or maple syrup for vegans)
1/3 cup/ 80ml oil
2 cups/ 500ml rolled oats
½ cup/125ml regular oats (not quick cooking oats)
1/3 cup/ 80ml medium desiccated coconut
Pinch of salt
½ t/ 2.5 ml cinnamon powder
½ cup/125ml mixed seeds
1/3 cup/80 ml raisins
1/3 cup/ 80ml chopped mixed nuts
3 T/ 45ml ground flaxseeds
Soak dates in hot water for 4 hours or overnight. (You really want the dates to be as soft and mushy as possible, for easy blending later on.)
Preheat oven to 175°C. Line a medium square baking pan with baking paper.
Place soak dates and water into a food processor or blender, process the dates until a smooth thick paste is formed.
Pour the paste into a large mixing bowl, add in honey and oil. Whisk the wet ingredients together.
To the wet ingredients add in all the remaining ingredients. Thoroughly mix the ingredients together.
Transfer the granola mixture into the prepared baking pan, evenly spread out the mixture and press down firmly to flatten out the granola bars.
Bake for 15-20 minutes until the granola bars are golden brown. Allow to completely cool before removing from baking pan and cutting into bars or squares.
Store the granola bars or squares in the refrigerator for 2 weeks (if they last that long) or freeze for upto 3 months.
Tips… If the granola bars seem too delicate to cut into bars or squares, place the granola bars into the refrigerator for 2 hours. This allows the granola bars to firm and will cut easier.
Note… If you are using medjool dates that are natural soft in texture, you can soak your dates for 30 minutes in warm water. If you are using any other dates that have a firmer flash, rather soak for a minimum of 4 hours.
Ps: All weight loss starts in the kitchen...