Fruity Granola Bars Recipe
🔪Prep Time: 5 minutes
👩🍳Cook Time: 10 minutes
1 cup pitted Medjool dates
½ cup peanut butter (or almond butter or nut or seed butter of your choice)
¼ cup + 2 tablespoons apple juice
¼ cup coconut oil, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon salt
2½ cups rolled oats (certified gluten-free if necessary)
¾ cup chopped dried fruit (cherries, apricots, raisins, blueberries, apples, peach, and/or mango)
½ cup chopped nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts, cashews, pistachios, and/or peanuts; see Variation)
½ cup sunflower (or pepitas/pumpkin seeds, or mixture of both)
1Preheat the oven to 300°F .
2Line a 9 × 13-inch baking dish with parchment paper.
3Combine the dates, nut butter, apple juice, coconut oil, vanilla, and salt in a food processor and process until smooth. Set aside.
4In a large bowl, stir together the oats, dried fruit, nuts, and seeds.
5Add the date mixture and stir until combined.
6Pour into the prepared baking dish and use a silicone spatula to flatten and smooth it.
7Bake for 20 minutes, or until lightly golden, then remove from the oven and let cool completely before transferring to the refrigerator to chill for at least 1 hour.
8Remove from the refrigerator and use the parchment paper to lift the granola out of the baking dish.
9Slice into 12 bars. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. The bars will keep for 7 to 10 days. To make these bars nut-free, use a seed butter and replace the nuts with more sunflower and/or pepitas.
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