If cereal bars are your go-to for running out the door, you'll love this homemade version. These homemade cereal bars are sweet, chewy, a little crunchy, and hold together as well as store-bought bars. They are vegan, grain-free, oil-free, and refined sugar-free.
Process the dates. Add the dates into a food processor fitted with the S blade and process into a smooth paste. It's fine is small bits remain. Transfer the date paste into a large mixing bowl.
Mix in the rest of the ingredients. Add the buckwheat flakes, hazelnuts, almond butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract into the bowl with the date paste and mix until well combined. The mixture will be very thick.
Bake (baked version only). Preheat the oven to 325°F/165°C. Transfer the mixture into an 8 x 8 inch/20 x 20 cm parchment paper-lined baking dish and press firmly into an even layer. Bake the granola bars until firm and lightly golden around the edges, about 25 minutes. Allow the bars to cool completely, then cut into 10 even bars.
Freeze (raw version only). Transfer the mixture into an 8 x 8 inch/20 x 20 cm parchment paper-lined baking dish and press firmly into an even layer. Freeze until firm, about 15 minutes. Remove from the freezer and cut into 10 even bars.
Store. Leftover cereal bars keep well in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1 month. For longer term storage, freeze in an airtight container with a piece of parchment paper in between each cereal bar (so they don't stick together as they freeze) for up to 3 months.
*If you're using any dates other than Medjool dates, soak them for at least 30 minutes so they soften up and are easy to blend. Drain and use as instructed.
**You can substitute the buckwheat flakes for rolled oats, quinoa flakes, amaranth flakes, etc. I use buckwheat flakes and quinoa flakes by GoGo Quinoa, which I believe are only available in Canada.
***The maple syrup creates a firmer cereal bar. If you want to omit it, use more dates.
****Nutrition information is calculated without optional ingredients.
****Nutrition information is approximate and may contain errors. Please, feel free to make your own calculations.