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Hazelnut Granola Breakfast Bars

HAZELNUT GRANOLA BREAKFAST BARS

Simple, nutty, and chewy, hazelnut granola breakfast bars are great as a breakfast option, post workout snack or as an afternoon pick-me-up. They are packed with wholesome ingredients and healthy fats. Also, they are refined sugar free and sweetened only with dates and dried cranberries.

This recipe is vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, and super easy to make.

MEET THE INGREDIENTS

You can find a complete list of ingredients with exact amounts and instructions in the recipe card below.
  • Dry roasted hazelnuts (check How to roast hazelnuts)
  • Gluten-free rolled oats – always make sure to buy certified gluten-free rolled oats to avoid possible cross-contamination.
  • Dates
  • Dried cranberries
  • Quinoa puffs
  • Chia seeds
  • Coconut oil
  • Dark chocolate (85% cacao)

Hazelnut Granola Breakfast Bars

OATS AND A GLUTEN-FREE DIET

Most people with coeliac disease or gluten intolerance can tolerate gluten-free oats with no problems. However, a small percentage of people may still react to avenin – a protein in oats similar to gluten. For these people, even certified gluten-free oats may be unsafe.  If you develop any new symptoms after adding gluten-free oats to your diet, it’s best if you talk to your dietitian or a doctor.

Another problem can be cross-contamination. Even though oats are naturally gluten-free, they are often contaminated with gluten because they may be processed in the same facilities as gluten-containing grains like wheat, rye, and barley. Therefore, if you have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, always make sure your oats are certified gluten-free to avoid any cross-contamination issues.

HOW TO MAKE IT

You can find a complete list of ingredients with exact amounts and instructions in the recipe card below.

SOAKING DATES: Put pitted dates in a bowl and cover them with water. Soak at room temperature for 1-2 hours.

STEP 1

Line the square cake pan (22 x 22 cm or approx. 9 inch) with baking paper.

STEP 2

Combine the dry ingredients in one bowl.

STEP 3

Drain dates and place them into a high-speed blender. Add coconut oil and blend briefly until you get a thick paste.

STEP 4

Add date paste to the bowl with dry ingredients and stir well until combined or use a hand mixer.

STEP 5

Press the mixture down firmly into prepared pan. Place it in the fridge for a couple of hours to firm up.

STEP 6

Remove it from the pan and chop it into bars or squares.

SERVING SUGGESTION

Drizzle the slices with melted dark chocolate.

TIPS AND HOW-TOS

Dried cranberries: You can replace the dried cranberries with dried cherries, dried raisins, dried figs, dried currants…

Quinoa puffs: You can use millet or amaranth puffs instead.

HOW TO ROAST HAZELNUTS

Roasting hazelnuts deepens their flavor and gives them a crisper texture. Here is how to do it:

  • Preheat oven to 180 °C. Spread the hazelnuts in an even layer on the baking sheet. Place in oven and roast for 10-15 minutes. Stir or shake the tray every 5 minutes to help the hazelnuts to cook evenly.
  • When the hazelnuts are browned and smell nutty, remove from the oven, and immediately transfer onto a plate or another baking sheet.
  • Once they are cool enough, place them in a clean tea towel and gently rub together until most of the skins have come off.

HAZELNUT GRANOLA BREAKFAST BARS ARE:

  • Vegan
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free
  • High in fiber
  • Nutritious and filling
  • Easy to make
  • Healthy and delicious snack option
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Hazelnut Granola Breakfast Bars

Hazelnut Granola Breakfast Bars

Nensi Beram
Simple, nutty, and chewy, hazelnut granola breakfast bars are refined sugar free and packed with wholesome ingredients and healthy fats.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cuisine Gluten-free, Vegan
Servings 9
Calories 296 kcal

Ingredients
  

Topping (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Line the square cake pan (22 x 22 cm or approx. 9 inch) with baking paper.
  • Combine dry ingredients in one bowl.
  • Drain dates and place them into a high-speed blender. Add coconut oil and blend briefly until you get a thick paste.
  • Add date paste to the bowl with dry ingredients and stir well until combined or use a hand mixer.
  • Press the mixture down firmly into prepared pan.
  • Place it in the fridge for a couple of hours to firm up.
  • Remove it from the pan and chop it into bars or squares.

Serving suggestion

  • Drizzle the slices with melted dark chocolate.
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Nutrition facts

Nutrition Facts
Hazelnut Granola Breakfast Bars
Serving Size
 
9
Amount per Serving
Calories
296
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
17
g
26
%
Sodium
 
3
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
35
g
12
%
Fiber
 
5
g
21
%
Sugar
 
20
g
22
%
Protein
 
5
g
10
%

* The nutritional information provided is calculated automatically and should be used as an estimate.

Keyword energy squares, healthy granola bars, vegan granola

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