Toasted Rolled Oats Almond Granola Bars (Vegan – Gluten Free)

Do you feel that no matter what kind of granola bar you buy is never the perfect one? They are either too sweet, or too high in fat, or not gluten free, or not vegan or not peanut free… Well these babies are just perfect, cause you can do so many with them, the sky is the limit! You can make them vegan, or not, use peanut butter, or sun flower butter, almond butter, substitute the almonds for pistachios or walnuts… Anything really! Whatever floats your boat 🙂

granola bars

The base to make them is four simple ingredients: rolled oats, nut butter of your choice, maple syrup (it can be substituted for honey or agave nectar) and  dates. Healthy, easy and delicious. Here is what I used to make these beauties:

oats cardamom almonds cinnamon

1 1/2 cups GF rolled oats (toasting them for 10 minutes optional)

1/4 cup plus one tablespoon organic peanut butter

1/4 cup plus one tablespoon Grade B (less precessed and better for you) maple syrup

1 cup plump organic deglet dates

1 cup raw almonds

a pinch or two cardamom

2 tablespoons chia seeds

a hand full of pepitas

a pinch of cinnamon

pepitas

Place the dates in a food processor until they reach a “dough” like consistency. Then, place the rolled oats, almonds, dates, pepitas and spices in a deep bowl and set aside.

Meanwhile warm over very low heat maple syrup and peanut butter in a small sauce pan, stir to mix and pour over rolled oat mixture breaking up the date paste so it’s well distributed.

dates

Once it’s mixed, line an 8 x 8 pyrex dish with a big enough piece of saran wrap, place the mixture and with the excess saran wrap cover the whole thing. This way you’ll be able to use a small glass, rolling it all over it to make it even in thickness. Place in refrigerator for about half hour to allow it to set.

rolled oats granola bars

Once cooled remove from dish and cut into even pieces (about 10). You can store them in airtight container at room temperature for a few days if you have the will power to eat all of them in one day… LOL! They also freeze wonderfully.

Enjoy!

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