Healthy granola bar

Home made granola bar is a healthy, nutty, little crunchy-chewy delicious bar packed with nutrients. They are easy to make and better than any kind you’d buy at the store. I tasted a granola bar from the store and wanted to make my own healthy version. Now I have made this many times than I can count. It’s a breeze to make and the bars are a kind of bird food.

These days I stock nuts, oats and seeds in my pantry. My kids when they first tasted, liked it and wanted the granola bars every evening. Studded with the right amount of chocochips and wholesome ingredients like oats, nuts and seeds they are healthy enough to pass your snack time. I love the combination of choco chips in the bar. If you add too many nuts, the bars won’t hold together. For a gluten free one you can use gluten free oats.

Feel free to use nut butter, honey, vanilla extract, any dried fruit and nuts of your choice. I have used only dates for sweetness. This bar is good for hair growth and over all health as it involves coconut oil and seeds.

For a nonbake version :

Dry roast all the nuts and seeds .

Grind them to a coarse powder.

Seperately grind dates to a paste.

In a bowl add dates paste, oil and the ground powder, raisins, cinnamon, cocoa powder mix them with your hands.

Finally add choco chips and mix everything and make balls.

Store in an airtight container.

PREP TIME : 15 minutes

BAKE TIME : 30 minutes

CUISINE : international

COURSE : snack

YIELD : 12 bars

INGREDIENTS REQUIRED :

Oats – 1/2 cup

Almonds (chopped) – 1/2 cup

Flax seeds – 1/4 cup

Chia seeds – 1 tbsp

Quinoa – 1/4 cup

Sesame seeds – 1 tbsp

Cinnamon powder -1 tsp

Cocoa powder – 1 tbsp

Dates – 35 no.

Coconut oil – 2 tbsp

Chocochip – 1/4 cup

Salt a pinch

METHOD :

Take 30 deseeded dates.

In a mixer jar add the dates.

Grind it to a paste and keep it aside.

In a bowl add 1/2 cup oats.

Add roughly chopped almonds 1/2 cup.

Now add flax seeds 1/4 cup.

Add chia seeds 1 tbsp.

Add golden raisins 1/4 cup.

To this add quinoa 1/4 cup.

Add in sesame seeds 1tbsp.

Add cinnamon powder 1tsp.

Add cocoa powder 1tbsp.

Now add the dates paste to the mixture.

A pinch of salt can be added to enhance the taste.

Add in coconut oil 2 tbsp.

Mix everything using your hand.

Finally adding choco chips 1/2 cup (optional)

Mix them well using your hand.

Grease a pan using ghee or butter.

Transfer the mixture to the greased pan.

Firmly press the mixture to the sides of the pan with your hands then use a pallete knife to flatten the top.

Preheat the oven at 180°c for 10 minutes.

Bake it for 30 minutes at 180°c.

Once baked, slice them using a knife.

Transfer the granola bars to an air tight container.

You can refrigerate the bars and thaw for a while before having it.

I didn’t refrigerate it. In an airtight container it stayed well for a week.

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