Makes 12-16 bars (depending on how big you cut them!)
80g almonds, roughly chopped
200g oats (if you avoid gluten you can use gluten-free oats or quinoa flakes)
75g mixed seeds (I used a mix of sunflower and pumpkin seeds)
6 tbsp almond butter (you could also use pumpkin seed butter or peanut butter)
10 Medjool dates, stones removed and roughly chopped
40g gluten-free oat bran (or porridge oats whizzed up in a processor until fine)
1 ½ tsp cinnamon
1 pinch sea salt
45g dried cranberries or raisins
1 apple, peeled, cored and cut into small pieces
Preheat the oven to 180°c. Lightly grease a baking dish with oil (20cm square or similar dimensions)
Mix together the chopped almonds, oat flakes and seeds and spread over a large baking tray. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, turning halfway through
Heat the honey and nut butter over a low heat and mix well
Blitz the chopped dates with 100ml warm water in a blender, until you have a smooth paste
Add the date paste to the honey and nut mixture, stir well and let cool slightly
Put the toasted oats, nuts & seeds in a large mixing bowl, add the dried fruit, oat bran, cinnamon, sea salt and chopped fresh apple and stir in the honey/nut butter/date mixture until thoroughly combined
Spoon the mixture into the baking tin and press down into an even layer
Bake for 15 minutes until golden and set
Let cool in tin for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a board and cut into desired portion size.
Once completely cooled, store in an airtight container. Will keep for 5 days
Delicious eaten on their own, or served with some yoghurt and fresh fruit.
These bars are full of healthy fats from the nuts and seeds and the bars provide a good source of fibre, B vitamins, vitamin E and minerals such as magnesium, manganese, zinc and copper. They contain much less fruit and sugar than many commercial granola bars, however dates, honey and dried fruit are still sources of sugar so I recommend these as an occasional breakfast treat or when friends are staying. They would also make a good pudding or snack alternative for active children. Enjoy!