Healthy Vegan Granola Bars - based on Martha Stewart's recipe these bars aren't just healthy, they're also a little addictive!! Full of nuts, dried fruits, seeds and spices they're a perfect on the go treat! #vegan #granola #granolabars #healthytreat | Recipe on thecookandhim.com

Posted in Recipes on 14.09.2018

Healthy Vegan Granola Bars

prep: 30 mins / cook: 25 mins / inactive: 0 mins / total: 55 mins / quantity: 15 bars Print recipe?

Don’t buy them when you can make your own healthy vegan granola bars!

Based on Martha Stewart’s recipe these Healthy Vegan Granola Bars aren’t JUST healthy, they’re also a little addictive!! Full of nuts, dried fruits, seeds and spices they’re a perfect on the go treat!

I love Martha Stewart.  In fact when I grow up I want to be Martha Stewart and have her house and dogs (sorry Meg).  I could watch her videos all day, she’s got such a calm, unflappable manner and a voice like liquid honey ❤

Healthy Vegan Granola Bars - based on Martha Stewart's recipe these bars aren't just healthy, they're also a little addictive!! Full of nuts, dried fruits, seeds and spices they're a perfect on the go treat! #vegan #granola #granolabars #healthytreat | Recipe on thecookandhim.com

This is the first one of her recipes I’ve tried though and in our house we do so love granola, whether it be …

One of the great things about these bars is there’s no added refined sugar.  The sweetness comes just from all the wonderful dried fruits and a dash of maple syrup.

Healthy Vegan Granola Bars - based on Martha Stewart's recipe these bars aren't just healthy, they're also a little addictive!! Full of nuts, dried fruits, seeds and spices they're a perfect on the go treat! #vegan #granola #granolabars #healthytreat | Recipe on thecookandhim.com

I’ve made a few changes simply because I didn’t have or couldn’t get hold of some of the ingredients.  I was also fortunate enough to be sent some of these amazing dried apricots from Avicenna Bio Foods.  Honestly, hand on heart, the BEST dried apricots I’ve ever tasted.  Beautifully packaged, these apricots are picked ripe and dried naturally without added preservatives or artificial colouring.  This gives them that gorgeous bronze colour rather than the usual bright orange.  They have an almost spicy taste to them and are incredibly moreish.  Fortunately there was enough in the box for me to eat AND use in this healthy vegan granola bars recipe ?

 

Healthy Vegan Granola Bars - based on Martha Stewart's recipe these bars aren't just healthy, they're also a little addictive!! Full of nuts, dried fruits, seeds and spices they're a perfect on the go treat! #vegan #granola #granolabars #healthytreat | Recipe on thecookandhim.com

There’s a bit of faff involved in making these, but only in gathering and preparing the ingredients.  Putting these deliciously healthy vegan granola bars together is a doddle with a food processor, one bowl and one spatula.  I’m also not usually a fan of raw mix.  I know this is the best bit for some people but I could never stand that grainy raw flour texture!  These tasted a bit like Christmas in a bowl in their raw state and a bit like a more chewy Christmas cake once cooked!  Which is all fine by me, I {heart} Christmas cake!

Healthy Vegan Granola Bars - based on Martha Stewart's recipe these bars aren't just healthy, they're also a little addictive!! Full of nuts, dried fruits, seeds and spices they're a perfect on the go treat! #vegan #granola #granolabars #healthytreat | Recipe on thecookandhim.com

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Healthy Vegan Granola Bars

prep: 30 mins / cook: 25 mins / inactive: 0 mins / total: 55 mins / quantity: 15 bars

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (75g) macadamia nuts
  • 1/2 cup (65g) pecan nuts
  • 1 cup (150g or approx 10) dates - stone removed
  • 1 + 1/2 cups  (150g) rolled oats
  • 1 Weetabix  biscuit (see note)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 3 tblsp ground flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup (80g) sultanas
  • 1/3 cup (70g or approx 6) Avicenna Organic Dried Apricots
  • 1/3 cup (40g) goji berries
  • 1/2 cup (100g) dairy free dark chocolate chips
  • 1 orange - grated zest only
  • 3 tblsp maple syrup (can sub with agave syrup, Sweet Freedom Fruit Syrup or other liquid sweetener)

Instructions

  1. Start by preheating your oven to 180 Fan / 200 C / 400 F / Gas 6.  Line a 7 x 9 inch (18 x 23 cm) baking tin with parchment
  2. Put the macadamia and pecan nuts onto a tray and bake for 10 minutes.  Remove from the oven and cool while you prepare everything else
  3. Lower the temperature of the oven to 160 Fan / 180 C / 350 F / Gas 4
  4. Next the dates - put into a heatproof bowl and cover with boiling water.  Set aside
  5. Put the oats, Weetabix, cinnamon, nutmeg and ground flax seeds into a food processor and blitz to a fine(ish) powder.  Tip into a large bowl (don't wash your food processor bowl up yet!)
  6. Mix the nuts together then put half into the food processor and grind to powder.  Roughly chop the other half then put both into the large bowl with the oats (again, don't wash the food processor bowl up yet!)
  7. To the large bowl of oats and nuts add the sultanas, goji berries, chocolate chips and grated orange zest.  Stir everything together until well mixed
  8. Remove the dates from the water (don't discard the water) and put into the food processor with the maple syrup (or other liquid sweetener) and 4 tblsp of the date water
  9. Blitz to a smooth paste then scrape into the large bowl with the oat/nut mixture
  10. Mix together - if it's too dry at this point and not clumping together add more of the date water to a soft, slightly sticky mixture
  11. Tip into your prepared tin then put in the oven and bake for 25 minutes until the center is firm and the edges lightly golden
  12. Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars
  13. Store in a sealed container in the fridge - however they're a lovely fudgy consistency if allowed to stand at room temperature for around half an hour before eating!

Notes

  • I've used Weetabix as Martha's recipe called for oat bran and wheatgerm, neither of which I had so I just subbed with the Weetabix for their extra crunch and healthy goodness!
  • If you want to use Martha's original ingredients she used 2 tblsp each of oat bran and wheatgerm
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