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These are the best granola bars I have ever eaten. These are chewy, delicious, and so filling. Perfect to pack in lunches for school or work.
I make these Trail Mix Granola bars on Sunday and then pack them in my daughter and my lunches for the week. It really helps curve my appetite till its time to eat. I usually eat these around 4 p.m. so that when I get home from work I’m not starving and wanting fast food.
It took me a few trial and errors to perfect these granola bars. The first time I make them they did hold together. They still tasted great but they would fall apart in my hand. I now have the perfect recipe for you that holds together and tastes great.
These are Vegan and can be customized with what you want to add in them. My daughter and I love pepitas. We eat them almost everyday. We also love sunflower seeds. If you prefer other seeds use those instead.
Granola Bars Recipe
To start you will want to blend two heaping cups of pitted mejool dates. If you can’t find them already pitted just cut them in half and take out the seeds. You will want to blend the dates until they are a sticky paste. This is what holds the granola bars together so well. Make sure you do the 2 cups not any less.
Next put 1/4 cup peanut butter in a pan with 1/4 cup maple syrup in a pan. You can use chunky or creamy. Heat these on very low heat and stir until peanut butter is melted and mixed well with the maple syrup. I then add 1 tsp. of vanilla extract and mix.
In a large mixing bowl add 1 cup of rolled oats, 1 cup of puffed rice cereal and 1/2 tbsp chia seeds. Then mix in the date paste and peanut butter mixture. You might need to mix with your hands. I could not get it mixed well with a spoon.
Once everything is mixed well you will now add all the goodies. We use dried cranberries or dried cherries, whichever we have on hand. For seeds, I put in the pepitas and sunflower seeds. Then mini dairy free chocolate chips (I use Enjoy mini chocolate chips) and sometimes coconut flakes. You can also add nuts like almonds or peanuts but I feel like the peanut butter mixture is enough. Then mix it all in.
Last you will need to lay parchment paper down on a flat pan and press the granola bars in them. I make mine about an inch thick and it does not fill my entire pan. Put in the freezer for about 25 min. Then take out and cut into bars. I store these in a ziplock bag and keep in the fridge.
Trail Mix Granola Bars
- 2 heaping cups Majool Dates pitted
- 1/4 cup Peanut butter can use almond butter
- 1/4 cup Maple Syrup
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 cup Rolled oats
- 1 cup puff rice
- 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
- 3 tbsp Mini chocolate chips
- 3 tbsp pepita seeds
- 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
- 3 tbsp dried cranberries
- Add the 2 heaping cups of dates into a food processor and blend into a paste.Add peanut butter and maple syrup into a saucepan. Heat on low and stir until peanut butter melts and is mixed well. Then add vanilla extract and mix.Put rolled oats, rice puffs, peanut butter mixture and date paste into a mixing bowl. Mix well. You will probably need to use your hands.Add in dried fruit, seeds and chocolate chips. Mix well.Spread mixture in a baking pan lined with parchment paper. Flatten and spread to your desired thickness. I make mine about 1 inch thick and it does not fill the entire pan.Set in freezer for about 25 min.Cut into bars and enjoy. I store these in a ziplock bag and put them in the fridge.