My daughter loves granola bars from the health food store, but some of them contain so much sugar. So, I decided to make a granola bar that wasn’t full of sugar. So, I looked in my fridge and pantry to see what kind of granola bar I could make. I used mostly dates and other fruits to sweeten the granola bars (note: I did use one tablespoon of molasses for added sweetness and iron). I also used mixed grains which is even better than just one type of grain. And, for added goodness, I added chia and flax seeds for the omega 3s and extra protein.
These are pretty similar to Cliff bars. They are soft and a bit chewy.
- 1.5 cups of quick cooking grains hot cereal (NOTE: I used “Choice Organic Hot Cereal Multi Grain” with quick cooking barley, rye, oats, and wheat)
- 1/2 cup of almond butter
- 1/2 cup of shredded coconuts
- 1/4 cup of goji berries
- 1/4 cup of apple sauce
- 1/2 of a large pear
- 6 pitted medjool dates
- 2 tablespoon of almond extract (all natural)
- 1 tablespoon of molasses
- 1.5 teaspoon of cinnamon
- a pinch of sea salt
Keep in mind, these granola bars are NOT as sweet as the average granola bar. If you want to make it a bit sweeter, try adding 1/4 cup of semi sweet vegan chocolate chips (mix it in after you have put everything else through the food processor so you have chocolate chip chunks) or add 1/4 cup of agave.
But, this was perfect for my family because we are not huge fans of super sweet desserts/snacks. Note: children have more sensitive taste buds than adults, so this probably tasted pretty sweet to my daughter because she loved it!
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Place dates, applesauce, pear, almond extract, molasses, almond butter, and salt in the food processor. Blend it all together until there are no large lumps.
- Add the rest of the ingredients to the food processor: quick cooking grains, flax seeds, chia seeds, and shredded coconut.
- After mixing, place in a greased baking pan. Flatten it and try to make it about 3/4 of an inch thick.
- Bake for about 30 minutes.
- Let cool for a couple of hours.
- Slice and serve. (I will be putting some of these in the freezer to save for next week.)