No-Bake Granola Bars

As Gino DiCampo the Italian chef says ‘maximum flavour, minimum effort’! These are the sort of recipes I love. I made these this week and needless to say they are all gone :-0 They get better after a few days and are definitely naturally sweet enough to ward off any sugar cravings. These are sweetened with dates and honey and are also filling so an all-round winner! 

1 x tbsp coconut or rapeseed oil
2 x cup rolled oats
12 x soft dates – pitted and chopped
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup coconut sugar (or sugar of your choice)
1/2 cup agave syrup or honey
3/4 cup chopped nuts (as chunky or as small as you like)
1-2 tsp vanilla essence
1 -2 x tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 x tsp sea salt

Add the oil to a heavy bottom frying pan and bring to a medium heat. Then add in the rolled oats and warm and stir until the oats have changed colour to a golden brown colour.
Next, add in the chopped dates, nuts, raisins, salt, vanilla essence and cinnamon and stir through.
Now mix in the honey (or agave syrup) and coconut sugar and stir constantly. The mixture should now start to stick together a bit. Turn off the heat.
Layout some greaseproof paper and gently wipe it with a little bit of oil (to stop the granola sticking to the paper) spoon the hot granola from the pan onto the greaseproof paper and using a spatula, bring the mixture together to form a square. Wrap the greaseproof paper over the mixture and gently roll with a rolling pin so it is even in thickness.
Open the paper up and cut into slices whilst still hot. Leave to cool completely and then eat – if you can wait, put the cooled bars into an airtight container and leave for a couple of days (good luck with that!) then have it as a mid-morning snack. 
I would suggest cutting small squares as these are quite naturally sweet. 


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