I was on a mission last weekend to find a healthy oat and date biscuit recipe so during the week I can have a delicious treat with my afternoon tea without all the processed sugars, flours and preservatives. I looked through all my recipes books, scanned Pinterest and explored so many food blogs but couldn’t find what I wanted. However, I did find this granola-type bar recipe that sounded so delicious and had the same flavours I was looking for.
Obviously, (because I literally can not help myself) I changed the recipe, but I think it definitely was for the better. Out come these delicious, gooey and chewy bars that make the perfect energy boost before gym or addition to breakfast. What made them even better was that I baked them in the oven, giving the bars a lovely golden colour and nutty taste.
The bars are full with nuts, seeds, coconut, oats, dates and even peanut butter! Even though it is super healthy, it doesn’t taste like those sugar-free, gluten-free, fat-free, flavour-free cardboard “health’ bars you find in at health shops. They are quite sweet however it all the natural sugars from the honey, dates and banana and I even cut down on the honey from the original recipe. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!
Chewy Oat and Date Granola Bars
Adapted from Yeah…ImmaEatThat
- 1 cup pitted dates (+- 230g) Soak in hot water for a few minutes to soften
- 2 Tbsp honey
- 2 Tbsp peanut butter
- 2,5 cups oats
- 1/2 cup mixed seeds (I used linseeds, sesame, sunflower and pumpkin seeds)
- 1/2 cup mixed nuts
- 1/2 cup fresh, grated coconut
- 1 Tsp salt
- 2 bananas, mashed
- 4 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1/2 Tsp vanilla
- Pre-heat the oven to 180 C
- Combine the oats, seeds, nuts, coconut and salt in a bowl
- Add the bananas, coconut oil, milk and vanilla to another bowl and mix well
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ones and mix well
- Mash the dates, honey and peanut butter together to form a sticky mixture
- Line an ovenproof dish with baking paper and spread half the wet-dry mix on there bottom
- Add the date mixture on a even layer then cover with the remaining wet-dry mixture
- Bake in the oven for 45 mins (the top will start turning golden brown)
- Remove from the oven, leave to cool then cut into 15 pieces.
- Keep in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for up to a month