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Raw Granola Bars

Raw Cranberry Granola Bars

Another raw cuisine experiment with happy results.  For raw to-go baby food I usually use avocados, but I wanted to add a raw granola bar to our to-go menu. This raw granola bar with cranberries is what I came up with.  Maverick, who turns 10 months old today- HAPPY BIRTHDAY little man!- loves these things.  Try them out and send me your tips, tricks and ideas for improvement.

MAVERICK BARS

1 cup oat groats, soaked overnight
1 cup sunflower seeds, soaked overnight
1 cup cashews, soaked overnight
2 cups cranberries, soaked 1 hour
1 cup chopped dates
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1/4 to 1/2 cup maple as needed
3/4 cup flax meal (fresh ground)
1/2 cup flax seeds
1/2 cup sesame seeds

Process groats in the food processor until reduced in size by about half.  Add sunflower seeds and cashews cashews to groats in the food processor and pulse for 30 seconds.  Empty contents into a large mixing bowl.  Add soaked, drained cranberries, flax seeds and sesame seeds to the mixing bowl and stir to combine.  Put dates, coconut oil, flax meal and maple (starting with 1/4 cup) in the food processor and process to a thick, creamy, caramel-like consistency.  Pour the caramel mixture into the mixing bowl.  Stir well to combine.  Transfer to two dehydrator trays with teflex sheets, forming two roughly 8’x8′ squares.  Dehydrate 1-2 hours or until dry enough to flip.  After flipping dehydrate another 2-3 hours.  Cut them into bars and dehydrate the bars another 3-5 hours for chewy bars, longer if you prefer a crunchier bar.  Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

 

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  • evie connolly

    These are sooo tasty!!!! the best chewy granola bars EVER!!!

  • Susan

    Joy it’s awesome!

  • Joy

    Thank you Susan! Maverick misses you!

  • Joy

    Evie,
    Thank you, I’m glad you like them. They are great for lunches and on-the-go snacks. Try mixing them up and adding different dried fruits-like dried cherries of blueberries. YUM!

    To your good health,
    Joy

  • Maverick looks so cute snacking on this bar! 🙂 I can’t wait to try this recipe. I’ve been experimenting with a lot of simple raw granola recipe bars lately. I think I’m addicted!

  • Joy

    Thank you Laura-Jane! Theses are a healthy addiction and a super-delicious raw-to-go option.

  • Aurélie

    Hello Joy,

    I made this receipe twice. In fact I am not good at dehydrating (though I have an excalibur) and this happen with these bars : they turned out to have a bitter taste. It is a shame because I liked it very much before dehydrating. And the “caramel” is FANTASTIC !! I am not sure but these could be 2 reasons for this bitterness : it could be cause by the oat groats themselves (though it was raw organic ones, soaked overnight but maybe they start to leaven. Or maybe I spread a two thick layer on the trays. How thick are your bars (the pictures do not work any longer).

    Besides my son was born 10 months ago and he loved the mixture before I put it into the dehydrator. But in France it is recommended to wait at least 12 months before introducing shell fruits into a baby’s diet and 3 years if there relatives have nuts allergy. What is the recommendation in your country?

    Thanks,

    Aurélie

  • Joy

    Aurelle,
    My guess would be that your flax seeds might have been “off”. Rancid flax is very bitter. But what is strange is that it tasted fine before dehydrating. I am sorry those didn’t turn out well for you. Perhaps you would be better off sharing that in dough balls, like cookie dough balls. Keep it in the fridge and serve it the way you like it. Perhaps rolling each ball in coconut or cacao powder to make them easy to handle.

    Joy

  • Jennifer

    Hi Joy,

    I am a bit concerned about the Teflex sheets, as I generally avoid anything coated with Teflon due to it’s potentially toxic nature (pots & pans, furniture stain-resistant spray, etc.). Can I use parchment paper or foil or are there other dehydrator sheets that are not coated with teflon that you know of? What are your thoughts on the teflon?

    Thanks!

  • Joy

    Jennifer,
    Yes you can use parchment, but I find it best to coat it with coconut oil first to prevent sticking. As for the teflev sheets, all the research I have done on the subject shows that high heat and scraping are the issues with using it. Dehydration in the way advised here avoids the dangerous temps. And since we simply peel the sheet off, there should be no scraping involved. Thank you for your comment & question.

    Joy

  • Melissa

    I don’t have a dehydrator. Is there another method? I’d love to try these for backpacking! But not dehydrating at all as suggested to Aurelle sounds good too. Also, have you tried substituting wheat germ for the flax meal or hemp or chia seeds for the flax seeds? Thanks!

  • Joy

    Melissa,
    You can put them in your oven on the lowest setting and watch them closely. Be sure to flip once the top side is dry to the touch for an even result. You need wither flax or chia as a binder in my opinion, but experiment and let me mow what you find. You could add wheat germ or hemp seeds as a bonus ingredient- but they won’t bind the mixture together like flax or chia will.
    Thank you for your question and for being a part of the conversation here at The Delicious Revolution.

    Joy

  • Nathalie Auger

    Hi Joy,

    Your rcipe looks very good, do you think they would be as good if I substituted the groat oats for groat buckweat?

  • marym

    Hi Joy, this looks great. Are those dried cranberries or fresh? Might I use frozen?

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