simple and clean granola 3Hello friends! Today’s recipe is simple and clean granola bars. I realise I spend most of my time exploring pinterest, cook books and magazines to bring you fresh and simple clean recipes and insider knowledge. If you were to look at my phone photos they are all food pictures! πŸ™‚ Maybe a bit too much but hey I love it. Clean eating is my passion and I hope this will spread onto you. Today I am share my clean granola bars.

clean and simple granola bars 4 clean and simple granola bars 2Today is no different. Four ingredients and a good blender/food processor, that’s all you need for these simple and clean granola bars. No baking, no fuss, no dairy, no gluten, no added sugar, just simple, wholesome ingredients.

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Clean granola bars

Ingredient number one are dates, to ensure it all sticks together, number two are walnuts for a bit of crunch and healthy fats, desiccated coconut is ingredient number 3 for texture, and last but not least, cranberries for sweetness, but make sure they are natural, unsweetened (not easy to find)
Time is also important for me and these are my after-work or early morning favourite recipe.You cake even cut them up into small bites, drizzle a bit of melted dark chocolate over them, let them set and take as a snack to work in your tupperware. Keep these granola bars in the fridge – they’ll last longer and have a better texture.

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Simple and clean granola bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 2 cups walnuts or Brazil nuts
  • 2 cups desiccated coconut (I used Coconut Merchant)
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 3 tbsp water

Instructions

  1. First toast the walnuts slightly in an oven heated to 170 degrees. Let them cool down before adding them to your food processor along with dates, desiccated coconut and cranberries.
  2. Process until the mixture is well combined and has a crumbly texture.
  3. Now add gradually the water, a tablespoon at a time and keep processing until the mixture is sticky and holds together.
  4. Next get a square baking dish, line it up with cling film and press the mixture in. Press down firmly to ensure the mixture sticks well together.
  5. Pop in the fridge for a couple of hours, then cut in to bars and sprinkle with some more desiccated coconut
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If you want to make it nut free just replace the walnuts with either pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds. Same goes for cranberries which can be swapped for raisins. Just do what pleases your taste buds and belly the most. Don’t forget to check out my simple and clean flapjacksΒ or healthy chocolate pecans flapjacks..they are aaaaamazing! Also if you don’t know what is clean eating you can read more in here or why don’t you join in my 3 Month Clean Eating challenge? I dare you! πŸ™‚

Much love,
Hedi

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62 Comments on Simple and clean granola bars

  1. Petra (@BeHealthyFeelGd)
    April 24, 2015 at 8:38 pm (2 years ago)

    This sounds like a great energy bar for when you need a bit of ‘pick-me-up’! I would probably use raisins rather than cranberries as I am not a big fan of cranberries. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Hedi Hearts
      April 27, 2015 at 7:26 am (2 years ago)

      Hello Petra, how easy is that, isn’t it. That’s exactly my style simple, delicious and you can swap ingredients around. Let me know if you make it and what do you think of it. Love, Hedi xx

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    • Christina Ross
      July 6, 2015 at 4:03 pm (2 years ago)

      These bars are soooooooooooo delicious!!! Thank you for such a great recipe πŸ™‚

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      • Hedi Hearts
        July 7, 2015 at 7:28 am (2 years ago)

        awww thank you Christina so happy you like them! You have to try my flapjacks, they are even better! Love Hedi xxx

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  2. Maria
    May 6, 2015 at 7:35 pm (2 years ago)

    hi there
    I made these the other day & they went down a treat. Slightly altered the recipe & put a mix of nuts (Brazil) & seeds (pumpkin & sunflower) but the one thing I found was they were quite brittle. I had put in more than 3tablespoons of water (5?) but should u bake them a little or what else would make them less crumbly?
    Making the flapjacks next!

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    • Hedi Hearts
      May 7, 2015 at 3:56 pm (2 years ago)

      Hello Maria, you could use more dates or more brazil nuts. Dates really help to stick together and so walnuts because they are quite oily ( in a good way). Sunflower and pumpkin seeds are bit more dry, hence the brittle texture probably Hedi xxx

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  3. Jordanne
    June 11, 2015 at 7:17 pm (2 years ago)

    Absolutely love these bars! So easy to make and taste delicious! I have them at night and satisfies my sweet tooth perfect πŸ™‚ thanks for sharing the recipe!

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    • Hedi Hearts
      June 12, 2015 at 1:17 pm (2 years ago)

      I love them too Jordanne, there was a time I was literally obsessed and had to had one every single day πŸ™‚ Hedi xxx

      Reply
  4. Amanda S.
    July 17, 2015 at 4:02 am (2 years ago)

    I am having a very difficult time finding desiccated coconut. Will shredded coconut work?

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    • Hedi Hearts
      July 17, 2015 at 8:50 pm (2 years ago)

      Yes it is almost the same Amanda. Let me know if you liked them Hedi xx

      Reply
  5. Stephanie
    July 20, 2015 at 12:04 pm (2 years ago)

    Do you use whole pitted dates or pitted baking dates that come in a paste? Would both work equally well?

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    • Hedi Hearts
      July 21, 2015 at 7:39 am (2 years ago)

      Hello Stephanie, the best dates are Medjool dates, but they can be a bit pricey, so whole pitted dates can be good too, but soak them for around 15 min to soften them up Hedi xxx

      Reply
  6. Tashia
    July 31, 2015 at 12:59 am (1 year ago)

    Just made these today and they turned out so good! I added some orange zest and a table spoon of the oranges juice in place of some of the water and they are a real treat!

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    • Hedi Hearts
      July 31, 2015 at 3:47 am (1 year ago)

      Toshiba never thought of adding orange, but what an idea! Will be definitively trying that, thank you Hedi xxx

      Reply
  7. Anita
    August 10, 2015 at 3:15 pm (1 year ago)

    Where do you find unsweetened cranberries for no added sugar? I am having a hard time finding many fruits without added sugar. Raisins and apples (and whole dried dates, of course) are about the only ones I can find natural without being sweetened with sugar.

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    • Hedi Hearts
      August 11, 2015 at 1:46 pm (1 year ago)

      I get mine from Amazon Anita, they are not that expensive and so much better for you. Hedi xxx

      Reply
  8. Marie
    August 12, 2015 at 3:29 pm (1 year ago)

    Hiya! It looks fab!! I’m not a big fan of dates so can I swap the dates for dried prunes? Thanks a lot for sharing!

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    • Hedi Hearts
      August 12, 2015 at 3:46 pm (1 year ago)

      Hello Mary, yes or dried figs could work nicely. hedi xxx

      Reply
  9. Karen Prochassek
    August 20, 2015 at 6:01 pm (1 year ago)

    Hi..I would love to join..I live in Johannesburg in South Africa.

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  10. Kim
    September 3, 2015 at 1:59 am (1 year ago)

    These are awesome! thank you!
    Although I used tolled oats this yime, ill try walnuts next time

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    • Hedi Hearts
      September 3, 2015 at 9:42 am (1 year ago)

      Thank you Kim and yes you can switch ingredients and they will still work. My all time favourite treats! Hedi xxx

      Reply
  11. Dee
    September 7, 2015 at 9:22 pm (1 year ago)

    These came out great and they are toddler approved! I did sub pecans for walnuts because that was I had on hand.

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    • Hedi Hearts
      September 8, 2015 at 1:43 pm (1 year ago)

      Yum, your version sounds lovely Dee. Glad you like it and your little one too, they are usually the hardest to please Hedi xxx

      Reply
  12. Ode
    September 9, 2015 at 4:23 pm (1 year ago)

    Thanks Hedi for this great recipe!
    I used sunflower seeds instead of walnuts and raisins instead of cranberries because I had these on hand. It was delicious! And super energetic.
    I will definitely try it out with cranberries though.

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    • Hedi Hearts
      September 10, 2015 at 7:44 am (1 year ago)

      Hello Ode, thank you so much for lovely comment! I you liked these, you must try me other granola bars or flapjack recipes, they are superb! Hedi xxx

      Reply
  13. Suzanne
    September 17, 2015 at 4:12 pm (1 year ago)

    My son and husband hate coconut, could I leave this out? Is there anything else I could add instead? Thanks

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  14. Chelsey
    September 17, 2015 at 4:24 pm (1 year ago)

    Hey! what is the shelf life to these bars?

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    • Hedi Hearts
      September 19, 2015 at 8:39 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Chelsea, 5 days in airtight container, but i guarantee you they won’t last that long! πŸ™‚ Hedi xxx

      Reply
  15. Ita
    September 24, 2015 at 11:24 am (1 year ago)

    Made the granola bars Heidi , they are delicious, do you have a calorie content for these please.

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    • Hedi Hearts
      September 24, 2015 at 11:42 am (1 year ago)

      Hi Ita, so happy to hear you are liking them. I don’t count calories, only chemicals. These are great, healthy food of good ingredients, so enjoy them without feeling guilty Hedi xxx

      Reply
  16. Teresa
    October 1, 2015 at 10:13 am (1 year ago)

    We loved these bars!!!!!!. But I used the sweetened cranberries because I didn’t want to wait for the no sugar ones. Lately I’ve been obsessed with dehydrating. I’m going to try Dehydrating cranberries so I don’t have to buy the no sugar added ones.
    Thx for the recipe.

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    • Hedi Hearts
      October 2, 2015 at 8:38 am (1 year ago)

      My pleasure, glad you like it and brilliant idea with dehydrating the cranberries! Hedi xxx

      Reply
  17. Abigail Rochin
    October 9, 2015 at 5:51 am (1 year ago)

    Hello Petra, I wonder if I can replace brazil nuts for almonds or pecan nuts?

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    • Hedi Hearts
      October 9, 2015 at 9:02 am (1 year ago)

      Hello Abi, yes both almond and pecan nuts would work lovely. Hedi xxx

      Reply
  18. Betty
    October 18, 2015 at 7:21 pm (1 year ago)

    OMG! These are so good and easy to make.
    Thanks for a great recipe!

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    • Hedi Hearts
      October 19, 2015 at 7:31 am (1 year ago)

      My absolute pleasure Betty! So happy you love them Hedi xxx

      Reply
  19. Julie
    October 21, 2015 at 6:43 am (1 year ago)

    Hi Hedi, I love the combination of orange and cranberry so I added the zest of one orange and subbed the water for orange juice. I also used a combination of almond and cashew and THEY ARE AMAZING!!! Thank you for the inspiration!

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    • Hedi Hearts
      October 21, 2015 at 11:46 am (1 year ago)

      Ohhhh that sounds lovely Julie, I will give it a go myself! Hedi xxx

      Reply
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    October 22, 2015 at 11:34 am (1 year ago)

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  21. Bernadette
    October 25, 2015 at 9:50 pm (1 year ago)

    I made these and they are so yummy . First I was eating the mixture before it set because I couldn’t resist it. They wrap neatly in waxed paper and stay perfectly fresh through the week for my wor lunches. Thanks for this easy, no bake treat.

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    • Hedi Hearts
      October 26, 2015 at 9:56 am (1 year ago)

      Thank you Bernadette, I am the same I always eat the mixture or dough before baking and if it tastes good that usually means it will taste even better when finished πŸ™‚ Hedi xxx

      Reply
  22. Marianne
    November 9, 2015 at 1:56 pm (1 year ago)

    Can you or anyone recommend a good food processor? Nothing too expensive!

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    • Hedi Hearts
      November 9, 2015 at 2:16 pm (1 year ago)

      Hello Marianne, I have a basic one from Argos, I bought it couple of years ago for around 20 pounds. Hedi xxx

      Reply
  23. Rebecca
    December 23, 2015 at 1:36 am (1 year ago)

    Can I sub cashews for the nuts and do they have to be roasted first? THanks.

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    • Hedi Hearts
      December 23, 2015 at 2:31 pm (1 year ago)

      Hello Rebecca, yes you can use cashews and you dont have to roast them unless you want to. Hedi xxx

      Reply
  24. Mary
    January 2, 2016 at 3:30 pm (1 year ago)

    What could we possible substitute for the coconut ? Not a fan of it at all.

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    • Hedi Hearts
      January 3, 2016 at 4:59 pm (1 year ago)

      Groundnut oil should work instead of coconut oil Mary. Hedi xxx

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      • Mary Lowey
        January 3, 2016 at 11:18 pm (1 year ago)

        Thanks! I didn’t realize we were talking about coconut oil, that I use i everything, including my coffee, I thought is was like flaked coconut. Can’t wait to make these, just have to pick up the dates tomorrow πŸ™‚ Thank you again πŸ™‚

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    • Hedi Hearts
      January 5, 2016 at 1:47 pm (1 year ago)

      Hello Mary, me again. Please don’t use coconut oil, it won’t work. I thought your comment was for my clean and simple flapjack. The shredded coconut cannot be replaced with anything else am afraid, or at least I never tried. Sorry I can’t help lovely. Hedi xxx

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  25. Jess
    January 3, 2016 at 8:39 pm (1 year ago)

    Hi,

    How much is a cup please?

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    • Hedi Hearts
      January 3, 2016 at 9:44 pm (1 year ago)

      Hello Jess, it is approximately 240 ml. I use just a normal mug for tea πŸ™‚ Hedi xxx

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      • Jess
        January 6, 2016 at 8:57 am (1 year ago)

        Great thank you, I will get making 😊x

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  26. Shaline
    January 16, 2016 at 4:27 am (1 year ago)

    Wow! This looks good! I can’t wait to try your recipe. I’ve been looking for other ways to make healthy granola bars. I make mine with cashews or almonds, raw cacoa powder, medjool dates, and coconut oil.

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    • Hedi Hearts
      January 17, 2016 at 6:56 pm (1 year ago)

      I like the sound of your recipe Shaline, will definitively try it out! Hedi xx

      Reply
  27. Lisa
    March 10, 2016 at 5:53 pm (11 months ago)

    These are AMAZING! I’ve made them twice and love love love them. Eat one for breakfast and am happy until lunch! Thank you for sharing πŸ™‚

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    • Hedi Hearts
      March 10, 2016 at 7:52 pm (11 months ago)

      Thanks so much Lisa!! Glad you love them as much as I do! Hedi xxx

      Reply
  28. Sri
    April 4, 2016 at 7:14 pm (10 months ago)

    In the ingredients, how much and what type of oats is missing. Or, Am I not reading it properly. Please let me know how much and kind of oats shoild I use.

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    • Hedi Hearts
      April 5, 2016 at 7:12 am (10 months ago)

      Hello Sri, you don’t need oats, these bars are gorgeous without them. Hedi xxx

      Reply
  29. deanna lengyel
    April 18, 2016 at 2:42 am (9 months ago)

    I came across this recipe on Pinterest and I decided to make these granola bars today. I followed the recipe exactly and they turned out beautifully. So easy to make and delicious. Thank you for this wonderful recipe! I can’t wait to make them again with a few tweaks to the recipe. Perhaps dried apricots instead of cranberries? Yum!

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    • Hedi Hearts
      April 18, 2016 at 9:15 am (9 months ago)

      Thank you so much Deanna for this lovely review! You have made my day. Hedi xxx

      Reply
  30. Kellie
    August 10, 2016 at 2:56 am (6 months ago)

    Hi! Thank you for the recipe… Should I keep these covered in the fridge? TIA 😊

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    • Hedi Hearts
      August 10, 2016 at 5:35 am (6 months ago)

      Yes Kellie, best kept in the fridge or in an airtight container. Hedi xx

      Reply

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