Homemade Sugar-free Granola Bars

IMG_3395These are granola bars/fruit bars/energy bars/who cares what they’re called because they’re the best chewy and nutty bars you’ll every eat. And they’re healthy. And you just made GRANOLA BARS, which no one over does, so you’ll feel extra special.

To make these, you can basically throw anything in a bowl and mix it together. Different kinds of seeds, nuts, dried fruit, chocolate chips, pretzel pieces, peanut butter, honey, etc. But make sure you have a binding agent (I used dates blended with water) so they stay together and you get granola bars, not granola.

Get the original recipe here. I switched it up a little based on what I had in my pantry and used oats, oat flour, chopped up almonds, chia seeds, mejdool dates, all-bran cereal, water, sea salt, vanilla and a tiny pinch of cinnamon.

1/2 cup rolled oats, ground into a flour
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup all-bran cereal
1 cup water
3/4 cup packed pitted Medjool dates
1/2 cup chia seeds
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt

1. Preheat oven to 325F and line a 9-inch square pan with two pieces of parchment paper, one going each way.
2. Add rolled oats into a high-speed blender. Blend on highest speed until a fine flour forms. Add oat flour into a large bowl.
3. Add water and pitted dates into blender. Allow the dates to soak for 30 minutes if they are a bit firm or your blender has a hard time blending dates smooth. Once they are soft, blend the dates and water until super smooth.
4. Add all of the ingredients into the bowl with the oat flour and stir well until combined.
5. Scoop the mixture into the pan and spread it out with a spatula as evenly as possible. You can use lightly wet hands to smooth it down if necessary.
6. Bake at 325F for about 23-25 minutes, or until firm to the touch. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes and then lift it out and transfer it to a cooling rack for another 5-10 minutes. Slice and enjoy!


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