Almond Granola Bars
Almond granola bars are healthy, homemade and delicious. Great for a snack, breakfast or a treat. Saffron and rose flavored, these are refined sugar free.
Gluten Free, Halal, Low Lactose, Low Salt, Vegetarian
chopped or slivered
or maple syrup
ground or natural almond flavor
or natural vanilla flavor
(pitted and packed)
(kamut or rice)
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spread the oats and chopped almonds on a baking sheet and toast for about 10 minutes.
In a small saucepan gently heat the almond butter. Stir honey and oil into it.
When cooled, add egg white (if using) and stir. Then add ground saffron dissolved in rose water (if using).
Process the medjool dates in a food processor and mix it well into the wet ingredients above.
In a medium bowl, combine oats, almonds, puffed cereal and chia seeds with the honey-almond butter mixture. Stir until well combined.
Transfer the mixture to a 8 x 8 inch pan lined with parchment paper. Spread the mixture evenly.
Sprinkle slivered pistachios on the top and compact it well using the back of a wooden spoon.
Lower the oven temperature to 300°F and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
Remove the pan from the oven and let it cool completely before slicing the granola bars.
Use about 3½ to 4 cups granola bar mixture for one 8" x 8" baking pan
You can change the ratios of oats to puffed cereal, or replace nuts with chocolate chips.
Extra nut butter can help the granola bars hold together better.
Toast the grains and nuts for 10 to 15 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for better flavor and texture.
You may soften the dried fruit such as raisins and chopped apricots by soaking the dried fruit in hot water for 10 minutes. Drain the dried fruit well and pat dry before using.
Check the full blog post above for more tips.