My partner was after some homemade snack bars for work. He was fed up of buying them with all the packaging and most of the bars have a lot of extra sugar and unnecessary junk in them. So I thought I’d use some protein-packed nuts and seeds to create a filling and yummy granola bar.
This was super quick to make and last for a week or can be frozen to last even longer!
½ cup pitted dates
¾ cup soy milk
2 (very) heaped tbsp peanut butter
¼ cup chia seeds
¼ cup hemp seeds
¼ cup flax seeds
¼ cup of desiccated coconut
¼ cup of goji berries*
½ cup raisins
½ cup walnuts (roughly chopped)
½ cup pecans (roughly chopped)
½ cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup oats
Makes 10 granola bars
- Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees.
- Line or grease a tin which is about 20 x 20cm. It doesn’t matter if the size is correct. I used a bigger tray and just filled it part way.
- Blend the dates, milk and peanut butter together in a blender (if you don’t have one you could just chop the dates as finely as you can and mix it all together). If the dates are hard you could soak them in some warm water for half an hour first to make this easier.
- In a large bowl mix the rest of the ingredients together.
- Add the sweetened, peanutty milk to the dry ingredients and mix until all the nuts and seeds have been coated with a little of the liquid.
- Pour the mixture into the lined tin and press down. You want it to be about a couple of centimetres to an inch thick.
- Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes until browned on top.
- Remove the granola bake from the tin and chop into 10 pieces.
- Allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
*if you don’t have goji berries you could substitute dried cranberries or just leave them out