No-Bake Vegan Granola Bars

This is such a simple, healthy and easy to follow recipe that requires no baking, butter, oil or sugar. The ingredients used in this vegan ...

This is such a simple, healthy and easy to follow recipe that requires no baking, butter, oil or sugar. The ingredients used in this vegan granola bar are 100% natural and can be eaten in under 45mins! 


Ingredients (makes 12 bars):
  • 2 1/2 cups of rolled or quick oats
  • 1 full cup packed pitted dates (squish the dates in as much as possible)
  • 1/4 cup rice malt syrup or maple syrup (honey if not vegan)
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter 
  • 1/3 cup almonds 
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds 
  • 1/3 cup cranberries 
  • Handful of cashew nuts (optional)

Method:

1. Soak pitted dates in warm water for 20mins. Drain water then place dates and rice malt syrup into a or blender or food processor (I use a nutribullet) and pulse until a dough consistency is formed.

2. Preheat oven to 170°C (338°F): pour oats, almonds and pumpkin seeds onto a baking tray and lightly toast for 10-15mins or until a little golden brown. Pour into a large mixing bowl and set aside.

3. Warm peanut butter in a small saucepan over low heat and stir or microwave in a small glass bowl for 20 seconds. 

4. Line baking dish/pan with baking paper and leave some paper hanging for easy removal (some recipes recommend 8x8 but I only had a 9x12 inch baking dish so I only covered half of the tray).

5. Combine peanut butter, dates mixture, cranberries and cashews into the mixing bowl and mix thoroughly - use your hands so that all the ingredients are mixed around evenly.

6. Scoop mixture into the baking dish and press down firmly (use something with a flat surface e.g. spatula) into a smooth and even layer - packing them tightly ensures the bars hold together better. 


7. Cling wrap the tray and leave in freezer for 20-25mins until firm.  

8. Lift granola bars out from the dish, slice into 12 pieces and serve. 


To store, wrap the bars in baking paper and keep in an airtight container in the fridge (or freezer). 


Have fun with this recipe! It is versatile and you can substitute the nuts, seeds or dried fruits with those that take your fancy. You could also sprinkle some desiccated coconut on the top of the granola bars for a more polished look! Enjoy :)

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2 comments

  1. What a great recipe! Cant wait to see more from you!!

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