Almond Raisin Granola Bars

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    Almond Raisin Granola Bars

    How was your long weekend? Mine was great, we went to Yellowstone National Park! The place is stunningly beautiful, I had never seen something so scenic in my life. It was so fascinating and exciting to spot bisons, deer, elks on roads. The weather played spoilsport on the day we arrived but  it was bright and beautiful for the rest of our stay. Seeing the geysers erupt was the most unique experience and one that I will cherish for life. Truly fascinating stuff!

    I’m back home now and sharing with you my new favorite granola bar recipe – Almond & Raisin Granola Bars. Packed with nutrients, these bars are easy to make and can be ready in minutes. These are great to munch on and will also satisfy your sweet craving. These granola bars have:

    • Oats
    • Rice Krispies
    • Raisins
    • Sliced Almonds
    • Whole Almonds

    They are sweetened with natural sweetener – dates and maple syrup/honey, so there’s no added sugar here. Now I know one of the most common problems that people face with homemade granola bars is that they don’t stick together. Trust me, they will if you use dates! Here’s what you need to do and if you follow these steps the bars will come out clean and not break at all!

    * Process dates in a food processor till they are almost crushed and form a dough. If you don’t have a food processor, you can chop them using a knife but make sure you chop them very finely.

    * Add the crushed dates to the oats mixture and mix using both your hands. Yes it’s important to use both your hands so that you break the “dates dough” dispersing it throughout the mixture.

    * You also need to use moist dates, do not use dry dates. If the dates that you have are dry, soak them in water for some time and then use in the recipe.

    Almond Raisin Granola Bar

    These granola bars are great for breakfast or as a post-workout snack!

     

    Method

    In a bowl mix together rolled oats, rice krispies, sliced almonds and whole raw almonds.

    Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line a baking sheet with silicone sheet or parchment paper. Spread the oats mixture on the pan in a single layer.

    Toast the oats mixture in oven at 350 F degrees for 13-15 minutes till light golden brown in color. Transfer to a bowl and add raisins.

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    Measure 1 heaping cup of dates [I used medjool, around 14-15 dates]

    Transfer the dates to a food processor.

    Process the dates till it’s all crushed and forms a dough.

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    Add the crushed dates to the oats mixture.

    Heat coconut oil and maple syrup [or honey if not vegan] in a pan for 2-3 minutes till it’s all smooth.

    Pour it over oats mixture.

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    Use your hands [use both hands] to mix everything together so that the dates are spread thorough out the mixture. If the liquids feel too hot to touch, wait for 5 minutes and then add it to the oats mix.

    Line a 8 X 8 square pan with aluminium foil. Transfer the granola mixture to the pan and press firmly using your hands. You can also press using the back of your measuring cup. Do this for 2-3 minutes till it’s all firmly pressed in.

    Sprinkle some sliced almonds on top and again press firmly for a minute or so.

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    Cover with a cling sheet and refrigerate for 2 hours. Cut into bars using a sharp knife.

    Homemade Almond Raisin Granola Bar

    * Sore in an airtight container. I would recommend keeping the bars in the refrigerator if the place where you live is warm. The bars stay firm in the refrigerator.

    * Rice krispies can be replaced with poha (flattened rice).

    * Additional ingredients that can be added to these bars – sunflower seeds, chocolate chips, chia seeds, flax seeds etc. You can also add any other nut of your choice.

    * Use maple syrup for vegan version and honey if you don’t intend to make these bars vegan.

    Almond Raisin Granola Bars

    Serves: 10 bars

    Delicious and healthy Almond Raisin Granola Bars are naturally sweetened with dates and super easy to make at home!
    Ingredients
    • 1.5 cups rolled oats [not quick oats]
    • ½ cup rice krispies
    • ½ cup sliced almonds, some more to sprinkle on top
    • ¼ cup raw whole almonds
    • ¼ cup coconut oil
    • ¼ cup maple syrup or honey
    • 1 cup dates [heaping cup, around 14-15 medjool dates]
    • ¼ cup raisins
    Instructions
    1. In a bowl mix together rolled oats, rice krispies, sliced almonds and whole raw almonds.
    2. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line a baking sheet with silicone sheet or parchment paper. Spread the oats mixture on the pan in a single layer.
    3. Toast the oats mixture in oven at 350 F degrees for 13-15 minutes till light golden brown in color. Transfer to a bowl and add raisins.
    4. Measure 1 heaping cup of dates [I used medjool, around 14-15 dates] and transfer them to a food processor.
    5. Process the dates till it's all crushed and forms a dough like thing.
    6. Add the crushed dates to the oats mixture.
    7. Heat coconut oil and honey or maple syrup for 2-3 minutes till it's all smooth.
    8. Pour the liquid over oats mixture.
    9. Use your hands [use both hands] to mix everything together so that the dates are spread thorough out the mixture.
    10. Line a 8 X 8 square pan with aluminium foil. Transfer the granola mixture to the pan and press firmly using your hands.
    11. Sprinkle some sliced almonds on top and again press firmly for a minute or so.
    12. Cover with a cling sheet and refrigerate for 2 hours.
    13. Cut into bars using a sharp knife. Store in an airtight container.

    Almond & Raisin Granola Bars

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    10 thoughts on “Almond Raisin Granola Bars

    1. These look amazing Manali! I love snack bars like this ~ especially to enjoy at breakfast. And, you’re right…Yellowstone is absolutely beautiful! I’m glad you got to enjoy it! I grew up around there ~ so I completely understand why you fell in love with it!!! The wildlife alone is amazing… 🙂

    2. WE LOVE ANYTHING THAT IS NATURAL AND HOME MADE ALSO.. CANT WAIT TO TRY THESE AND TEST THE GYM I GO TO ALSO…

      STAY HEALTHY
      MM

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