These nut bars are the perfect alternative to store-bought granola bars, they are an excellent source of energy without refined sugars and other nasty preservatives. They are super easy to make and are extremely versatile as you can add in dried fruits, chocolate chips or whatever other ingredients your heart desires.
Serves: 12 bars
Prep time: 15 minutes
Chill time: 1 hour
1 ¼ cups of roasted mixed nuts (we used peanuts, walnuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, macadamia and cashews)
6 pitted dates
1 ¼ cups of rolled oats
3 tablespoons of chia seeds
½ a cup of desiccated coconut
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
3 tablespoons of peanut butter
4 teaspoons of maple syrup
⅓ of a cup + 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
Pinch of salt
Line a small baking pan with baking paper (we used a pan that was 23cmx17cm)
Soak your dates in boiling water for 10 minutes.
Toast your oats and coconut in a frying pan until light brown and then transfer to a mixing bowl.
Blend your dates, maple syrup, peanut butter and vanilla in a food processor until the dates break down and form a thick caramel-like texture.
Add your chia seeds, salt and nuts to your oats and coconut and mix until well combined.
Melt the coconut oil in the frying pan on medium heat.
Once the coconut oil is melted add your blended date mixture to the frying pan. Stir the mixture for about 30 seconds until all the ingredients are fully combined and the mixture starts to bubble.
Pour the hot mixture over your nut mixture and mix until combined
Press your nut bar mixture into a baking pan and place in the fridge
Let the bars chill for at least 2 hours, we let it ours chill overnight
Cut into 12 pieces and enjoy.