These are two of my favorite healthy snacks. They are both so easy to make. I make a batch of them and keep them in the fridge. When I get a craving for something sweet they are always available and prevent me from eating cake, biscuits or chocolate that are full of refined sugars. I take them to work with me so that I eat healthy at work as well as at home.
Healthy Granola Bars with no sugar
All of the ingredients below can be sourced from Holland and Barrett if you are having difficulty finding them in your grocery store
Makes approx 20 bars
20 Medjool dates (350g) – I sometimes substitute some of the dates for apricots to add variety
175g sunflower seeds
175g pumpkin seeds
200g flaxseeds or linseed
200g raisins – I sometimes substitute some of the raisins for cranberries to add variety
3 tbs chia seeds
3 tbs ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 180 degrees C or 160 degrees C if you have a fan oven.
Pit the dates then place in a saucepan with 600ml of boiling water and simmer for 5 mins, until dates are really soft. If using dried apricots place them in the pan too, or pre-soak them overnight the day before.
Place sunflower, flax and pumpkin seeds in a large mixing bowl with raisins (and cranberries if using them) and oats.
Place cooked dates along with the water from the pan in a blender with the chia seeds and cinnamon. Blend together until smooth. Pour this mixture over the dried mixture in the bowl. Stir until everything is blended and coated.
Cover a large baking tray with coconut oil and spread the mixture into the tray until it is tightly packed. I find that if I use one tray the mixture is quite deep and produces a more “cake like” bar. Use two trays and spread more thinly if you want a thinner bar.
Bake for 30-40 minutes. After 20 minutes remove from oven and cut into squares, return to oven for the final 10-20 minutes to finish cooking, it should turn golden brown on top. Bars keep for up to two weeks if refrigerated and make a healthy snack and a great alternative to cake, biscuits and chocolate.
100g nut butter
25g cocoa powder
100g desiccated coconut or half coconut and half oatmeal
25g sesame seeds
coconut, cocoa or sesame seeds for rolling in
Put nut butter and honey in a pan and stir over a low heat until melted.
Remove from heat and stir in cocoa, coconut and sesame seeds. Mix until everything has blended into a firm mixture. Allow to cool completely then chill in fridge for 10 minutes.
Roll mixture into balls (it’s up to you what size you want to make them) and roll in a coating of your choice.
Store in fridge in airtight container.