Cashew date granola bars
I hardly buy granola bars anymore because I find commercial ones much too sweet for my taste. That, and homemade granola bars are honestly so easy to make! The best part about making granola bars at home is that you can be very careful about the ingredients you use and can combine your favourite nuts, seeds and dried fruit to make your “perfect granola bar.” I love to use roasted, salted nuts and seeds because the resulting salty-sweet bar is a real treat and makes a great snack to have at any time of the year.
- Preheat the oven to 300°F (150°C).
- Grease a 9” x 9” metal baking pan with a little butter and then line it with parchment paper, leaving an overhang (this will allow you to easily lift the bars out of the pan once they are baked).
- In a large bowl, combine the oats, pumpkin seeds, cashews, dates and quinoa.
- In a small saucepan, heat the butter, sugar and both syrups on medium-low, stirring regularly, until the butter is melted and the sugar has completely dissolved. Do not let mixture stick to the bottom of the pan.
- Pour the hot syrup mixture over the dry ingredients. Stir well to coat everything evenly.
- Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan. With the help of a flat-bottomed glass, press everything down firmly to spread the granola out from edge to edge in a flat, compact layer.
- Bake the granola for at least 30 minutes or until the edges begin to brown and the surface looks dry.
- Remove the pan from the oven and let granola cool completely (preferably overnight).
- Cut the granola into 12 bars.
- Enjoy the bars with a glass of Natrel Dark Chocolate Milk.