These chewy and hearty fruit and seed granola bars are easy to make and loaded with wholesome ingredients! Vegan, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free, they make a perfect healthy snack.
Sometimes the hardest part of the whole recipe creation process is coming up with something to call the fruits of your labour. Well, that and trying not to eat your subject while you photograph it… #foodbloggerproblems.
You want a name that stands out so that your granola bars aren’t doomed to the 11th page of Google, but you don’t want to get too creative to the point where no one has any idea as to what it is you’re talking about. This means no calling them Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Bars, no matter how extraordinarily good they taste.
Also, did you know that supercalifragilisticexpialidocious is actually in the dictionary? Apparently it was added in 1986 after being made popular by Mary Poppins in 1964– a movie I’ve never actually seen from beginning to end. The same is true of Sound of Music. I can sing a few of the songs, but please don’t ask me what the movie is about — I have no idea. And now that I’m quite certain that I’ve just shocked a fair bit of you, let’s switch gears and talk about these
supercalifragilisticexpialidocious No-Bake Fruit, Seed, and Nut Granola Bars instead…
And yes, I realize that’s not the most creative name in the history of names, but it’s practical and tells you what you need to know; more specifically that these bars are:
a) quick and easy to make,
b) packed with fruits, seeds, and nuts, and
c) have some oats thrown in for good measure.
It doesn’t, however, tell you that these bars are also:
a) chewy, crunchy, and satisfyingly hearty,
b) a great balance of proteins, carbs, and healthy fats,
c ) gluten-free and refined sugar-free,
d) vegan, and
e) packed with zinc rich pepita seeds, omega-3 rich hemp seeds, vitamin E rich almonds, vitamin C rich cranberries, and fibre rich oats.
Not bad, eh? It’s a good thing you’ve got me here to tell you those things. And to share the recipe, obviously…
- 15 large Medjool dates (~1.5 cups), pitted and chopped
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup pepita seeds (shelled pumpkin seeds)
- 1/2 cup almonds, coarsely chopped
- 1/2 cup hemp hearts
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- Line an 8x8 baking pan with a sheet of aluminum foil, leaving a few inches of overhang on the sides to allow for easy removal. Generously spray the foil with cooking spray and set aside.
- Add dates and cinnamon to the bowl of a food processor and process until the dates have broken down into a paste, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary. If your dates are too dry and you're having trouble processing them, add a splash of water to get things moving. Be careful not to add too much, though, because you want the paste to be quite thick.
- Transfer the date paste to a large bowl and add remaining ingredients, mixing well to ensure that everything is fully combined.
- Transfer the mixture into your prepared baking pan, using your fingers or a spatula to ensure that it is pressed down firmly and evenly. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before using a sharp knife to cut into bars. Store bars in an airtight container in the fridge.
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