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OATMEAL AND DATE BARS (GF, DF, VEG)


OALMEAL BARS, VIEW FROM TOP, OLD WOOD, BLUE LINEN TABLECLOTH, MARBLE CUTTING BOARD, DRY EUCALIPTUS BRANCH


I'm sure many of you eat cereal bars. I actually always have one in my purse for those little craving moments. But to be honest it is quite hard to find good cereal bars that are not loaded with sugar, additives and so on... So a while ago I decided to make, at least from time to time, homemade muesli and also cereal bars that are made with almost the same ingredients and you can play with the flavours combination.

You can actually make both at the same time using one oven tray for these bars and another one to make a granola or muesli like this one I posted a while ago with cranberries, walnuts and maple syrup. 


PILED OATMEAL BARS IN MARBLE CUTTING BOARD, OLD WOOD TABLE AND BLUE LINEN TABLECLOTH


These have oats and dates, and they remind me of my childhood because my mom used to make them a lot and I love the combination. They're perfect for any moment whether it is for breakfast, as a snack, after working out or as a bite between hours. It's a healthy option with no refined ingredients that is quite easy and quick to make and you'll have bars for many days.

As you may know dates are one of best natural sweeteners that exist. They are rich in fiber, contain minerals such as potassium, magnesium and iron, therefore recommended in cases of anemia. They also can help falling asleep as they contain tryptophan that stimulates the melatonin, the hormone that regulates sleep.   

There's a wide range of dates however the ones we are more used to find here are the deglet nour and the medjool (a bit pricey). You can use any of them for this recipe although it is important to read the labels to make sure you don't buy them with additives, some manufacturers add sugar or glucose syrup to them, as If they needed to be any more sweet. Not good.

Here goes the recipe...


VIEW FROM TOP, OVEN PAN WITH OATMEAL BARS TO MAKE, BLUE LINEN TABLECLOTH, KNIFE

DATE BRANCH


OATMEAL AND DATE BARS RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 1/2 cups (625ml) rolled oats, gluten free or regular 
  • 1 cup 1/2 (375ml) wholemeal oat flour, gluten free or regular
  • 1/2 tsp. (7,5ml) pink Himalayan salt
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) agave syrup 
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) almond or other milk  

For the date filling

  • 2 1/2 cups (625ml) pitted dates  
  • 1 cup (250ml) water
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) maple syrup 
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice 
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut sugar or panela (unrefined whole cane sugar)
OALMEAL BARS, VIEW FROM TOP, OLD WOOD, BLUE LINEN TABLECLOTH, MARBLE CUTTING BOARD,

ELABORATION

  1. Preheat oven to 180ºC.
  2. Line a 20 cm squared oven pan with baking paper, grease the sides that are not covered.
  3. Place in a sauce pan the dates cut into small pieces+ lemon+coconut sugar+water and bring to a boil. Remove occasionally and smash the dates until you get a creamy paste (you can use a blender if you want a thinner texture).
  4. Mix the flour+ oats+ salt+coconut oil+ agave syrup+milk.
  5. Use half of the mix to cover the pan and apply some pressure.
  6. Pour the date paste on top evenly.
  7. Then pour the rest of the mix on top an apply gentle pressure.
  8. Bake for about 30-40 minutes or until golden.
  9. Allow to cool in a rack and to rest for a few hours or overnight.
  10. Cut into bars or squares and enjoy.
OATMEAL BARS IN MARBLE CUTTING BOARD, OLD WOOD TABLE AND BLUE LINEN TABLECLOTH

PILED OATMEAL BARS IN MARBLE CUTTING BOARD, OLD WOOD TABLE AND BLUE LINEN TABLECLOTH

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