Date and walnut granola bars

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Like with so many of my recipes, these were again the result of a little bit of a cooking mishap, as they were actually supposed to be flapjacks. However, after taking them out of the oven, I decided that they weren’t quite soft and gooey enough to be classified as flapjacks and kinda’ resembled more of a granola bar consistency.. but that’s perfectly fine because granola bars are unbelievably delicious too! So it’s back to the drawing board on the flapjack front, however, I can now present to you these tasty little treats instead! 

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Obviously the key ingredient here, and probably one of my most frequently used foods is: oats! Oats are something that I pretty much always have multiple packs of in my kitchen cupboard and are an absolute staple item in my diet! They’re so versatile and easy to cook with, as well as being a great source of good slow releasing carbohydrates. I know you probably associate oats with breakfast dishes like porridge and bircher muesli, but these wonderful little beauties can actually be used in a vast range of innovative recipes to make meals and snacks that little bit more exciting! These granola bars are the perfect on the go snack or afternoon teatime treat, without all of the added sugars! Preparing your own snacks at home allows you to know exactly what’s going into them, so you can insure that you’re fuelling your body with a selection of natural and nutritious ingredients. It also means that you’re free to customise things to your likings and can taylor make your treats to suit your personal preferences. 

I find that preparation and being organised is a key part of staying on track with my health and fitness routine and I always like to make sure that I have some sort of prepped food with me if I’m going to be out of the house for a long time. This way, I know I’ll be less likely to get really hungry and make poor food choices. Luckily, there are now so many amazing healthy eating spots available to us, but buying food out can often end up being a little pricy, so spending a short amount of time prepping some snacks can come in pretty handy! 

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Date & walnut granola bars
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups of jumbo oats
  2. 1/4 cup ground almonds
  3. 1 tsp cinnamon
  4. Handful of walnuts- chopped
  5. 3 tbsp almond butter
  6. 4 tbsp date syrup
  7. Pinch of sea salt
  8. 1 tbsp coconut oil
  9. 1 bar of Conscious Chocolate
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Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees c and line a tray with baking paper.
  2. Heat the almond butter, coconut oil and date syrup together in a bane-marie and stir so that everything is well combined.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients. Pour the liquid mixture into the bowl and mix everything together with a wooden spoon. Once all of the oat mixture is evenly covered and nice and sticky, transfer this onto the baking tray and firmly press down to flatten everything out.
  4. Bake in the oven for around 12 minutes, until golden brown and slightly crisp around the edges.
  5. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. I like to slice them into bars whilst they are still slightly warm, to help avoid them crumbling too much.
  6. Here I've melted down some raw chocolate to drizzle over the top, but this step is optional of course (but highly recommended).
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