Chewy Nut-free Granola Bars
3/4 cup oats
3/4 cup dates, pitted and pressed into measurement
1 cup water
1/4 chia seeds
1/4 cup flax seeds
1/2 dried fruit of choice, chopped raisins/cranberries/mango/mix
1/3 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/3 cup raw pumpkin seeds
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon salt
Heat oven to 325 degrees. Rub coconut oil into an 8x8 baking dish.
In VitaMix (or equivalent) grind oats into a flour. Place oat flour into medium size bowl. Combine spices and seeds.
Without cleaning VitaMIx puree dates and water.
Pour date solution into flour/seed mixture. Mix well.
Smooth into oiled baking dish, making sure the mixture is even. Bake for 25-35 minutes. Let cool- compleeeeetely. Then cut into granola bar size.
I like to double the recipe and put some in the freezer to save for a rainy day. The bars will last a week or so in the fridge.