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vegan granola bars with date caramel
Granola Bars with Date Caramel
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

These Granola Bars with Date Caramel are healthy, chewy, crunchy, salty-sweet, and very satisfying. They are awesome for a snack, perfect for breakfast on the run, and will easy satisfy your dessert cravings. 

Servings: 8 bars
Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cups Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 cup raw almonds, chopped
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup natural almond butter
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp. fine sea salt
Instructions
  1. Line an 8" x 8" (20 cm x 20 cm) baking dish with parchment paper (this step is optional, but the parchment paper does help with removing the bars from the baking dish).

  2. Place the dates into a food processor and pulse them until a "dough" like consistency forms.
  3. Add all the ingredients into a bowl and mix to combine. The rolled oats should be completely coated and start to stick together in clumps.

  4. Once thoroughly mixed, transfer the mixture to the parchment-lined baking dish. Use wet or lightly oiled hands to firmly press the mixture into the pan.

  5. Raw version: let the bars firm up in fridge or freezer for 15-20 minutes. Then remove the bars from the pan and cut them into 8-10 even bars.

    Baked version: preheat the oven to 325°F (165°C) with a rack in the middle of the oven. Bake the bars for 20-25 minutes for chewy granola bars or 25-30 minutes for crunchy bars. As soon as you remove the bars from the oven, press them down again with the back of a lightly oiled spatula. (This will give you more compacted granola bars.) Let the bars cool completely in the pan. Then remove the bars from the pan and cut them into 8-10 even bars. 

  6. Store leftover bars covered in the refrigerator for 1 week. For longer term storage, freeze in an airtight container for 1-2 months.

Recipe Notes

This recipe has been adapted from Minimalist Baker.