Hello 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! 🙂 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.
Today 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.
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.
- 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
- 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.
- Process until the mixture is well combined and has a crumbly texture.
- Now add gradually the water, a tablespoon at a time and keep processing until the mixture is sticky and holds together.
- 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.
- Pop in the fridge for a couple of hours, then cut in to bars and sprinkle with some more desiccated coconut
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 flapjacks 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! 🙂