Homamade Granola Fruit Bars

homemade-granola-fruit-barsHomemade Granola Bars are the perfect way to fill yourself up with some sincerely good food, and save a bunch of money this tight economic season! Granola generally consists of a mixture of rolled oats, nuts, honey and sometimes rice, which is baked until crispy. Dried fruits, like raisins, dates, or berries are added to enhance flavor and value – granola bars are indeed the best snack food to munch on, whether as a trail mix while hiking, or with your 4 o’clock tea! Try these delicious & extremely nutritive homemade granola bars and you’ll never go for the store ones!

[Recipe & photo courtesy of Ashley from Eat Me Delicious]

Ingredients
1 cup pitted dates, finely chopped
1 cup dried apricots, finely chopped
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp apple juice
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup walnuts
1/2 cup flaxseed, ground
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
pinch of sea salt
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup applesauce
1 tbsp peanut butter
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp lemon juice (optional)

Method
Preheat oven to 375F and line a 9×9 (or 8×8) baking pan.

Place the dates, apricots and apple juice in a saucepan and bring a boil. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Uncover and mix well with a spoon to form a pulp.

Meanwhile, in a food processor combine walnuts and pumpkin seeds. Pulse into a “meal” (very finely chopped) but not so far it becomes a butter. Add rolled oats, sunflower seeds, ground flax seeds and sea salt.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients. Add this mixture to the oat mixture and stir to combine. Press half the oat mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Spread the fruit pulp evenly over top, then finish with the remaining oat mixture. Bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 25 minutes.

Allow to cool in the tin on a rack before slicing into squares. You can store these homemade granola bars in an air-tight container for about 10-12 days, in a cool, dry place. Enjoy as breakfast bars, or keep a few pieces handy for your mid-day cravings!

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Comments

  1. beautiful recipe! just what I was looking for…I love the use of apricots:) thanks for sharing!:)

    -Ruchi

  2. Lovely recipe Mansi and I have bookmarked it.

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