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Cherry Almond Granola Bars

Plump, chewy dried cherries, crunchy almonds & wholesome oats & seeds make these Cherry Almond Granola Bars the perfect healthy snack or on the go breakfast. They are completely oil free, very lightly sweetened & come with bake or no bake options!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: gluten-free, oil-free, Raw option, vegan
Servings: 12 bars
Calories: 324kcal
Author: Melanie McDonald

Ingredients

  • 60mls | 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 240mls | 1 cup almond butter
  • 120mls | 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 135g | 1.5 cups rolled oats
  • 110g | 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 120g | 1 cup dried cherries
  • 4 tablespoons ground flax seeds
  • 4 tablespoons chia seeds

Instructions

  • These bars can be eaten raw or they can be baked. If you wish to bake them preheat your oven to 350°
  • Line an 8 x 8 pan with baking parchment. Make sure a little hangs over the sides so you can lift it out easily when ready.
  • Put maple syrup, almond butter, apple sauce and salt into a large bowl and stir together so it's well combined and smooth.
  • Pour in the oats, cherries, almonds, flax and chia.
  • Stir well together. It is a very stiff mixture so is a little difficult to stir.
  • Spoon into the pan and press down really well all over.
  • If you do not wish to bake the granola bars then cover the tin with cling wrap and place in fridge for at least 3 - 4 hours.
  • If you are baking then place in the preheated oven and bake for 20 - 25 minutes. Remove when the edges start to go golden brown. Mine took 22 minutes.
  • Leave to cool for about 20 minutes.
  • Lift out of the tin using the excess paper as handles and place on a chopping board.
  • Cut into 10 even pieces. I find a pizza cutter does a great job of cutting up bars and slices like this.
  • Store wrapped in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.

Notes

I know in the UK apple sauce is hard to buy. It is however very easy to make yourself. Just cook down a couple of apples with a few tablespoons of water until soft then blend until smooth.

Nutrition

Serving: 1bar | Calories: 324kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 19g | Sodium: 107mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 10g | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 2.7mg