Sugar-free Healthy Granola BarsYum
Looking for an easy, sugar-free solution to breakfast? Look no further than these sugar-free healthy granola bars! Full of oats, seeds, and nuts, they’re the perfect hit of fibre and slow-release energy in the morning.
There comes a time when you eventually have to stand back and say ‘It’s time to eat healthy’.
This time comes for me approximately 6 times a year, and lasts roughly until I see a block of cheese. And let’s face facts, I practically have a cheese radar, so that doesn’t take terribly long at all.
It is great, though, to have a few tasty, healthy recipes to make the change a little easier to stick to. As someone who doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth, sugar is probably the easiest one for me to give up, which is where these sugar-free healthy granola bars come in. They’re naturally sweetened with dates, full of fibre, and packed with nuts and seeds. Perfect for a breakfast on the go, or a sweet treat at lunchtime!
These healthy granola bars are really easy to alter to suit your own tastes. I would change them up by adding more dried fruit, like cranberries or blueberries, or some different nuts. Go wild, and add what suits you!
These healthy breakfast bars are the perfect thing to grab when you’re racing out the door on your way to work, or even to have tucked away in your desk as a guilt-free snack when you need a boost. Sweet treats have never been so innocent, and full of flavour!
- 200g pitted dates
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 200g porridge oats
- 3 tbsp mixed seeds
- 100g walnuts, chopped into large chunks
- Preheat your oven to 180C/355F.
- Roughly chop the dates and add to a small saucepan with the 1/4 cup of water and cinnamon.
- Bring to a simmer and allow to cook until the dates are starting to break down. Add more water if it gets too dry. Help the dates become a paste by breaking them up as you stir.
- Once you have achieved a moist, lumpy paste of dates, add in the rest of your ingredients.
- Stir thoroughly until all the ingredients are combined and clump together when pressed.
- Line a square baking dish with grease-proof baking paper. It shouldn't be too big, and needs to be deep enough to hold the mixture (so be careful if you're using a tray!).
- Transfer your mixture to the baking dish and spread it out evenly. Press in down so it's very compact and flat on top.
- Bake the mixture for 25-30 minutes, until the mixture is firm to the touch.
- Leave to cool in the baking dish.
- Once cool, remove from the dish and slice into 12 equal pieces (or less if you want larger bars).
- Store in an airtight container until ready to eat! They should last 5-7 days when stored properly.