These no bake granola bars are the most indulgent snack and definitely more like a dessert. This is because they contain a high level of dates and raisins which have a high level of glucose available for the body. If this glucose is not used then it will be stored by your body in the form of fat.
So these should definitely be enjoyed in moderation, although I must admit it will be hard because they just so amazing:).
There are few health benefits vs a normal highly refined dessert.
- Oats – Contain gramine, a natural sedative, treating depression, anxiety and insomnia. They are also easy to digest (contain the most soluble fibre than any other grain);
- Buckwheat – Gluten free, contains mucilaginous fibres which lubricates the digestive tract;
- Hemp seeds – contain a perfect balance of omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids which help in brain function and heart health. They contain fibre but also essential amino acids.
No bake granola bars with chocolate toppingPrint Recipe
- For the granola bars
- 250g oats
- 60g buckwheat
- 200g medjol dates
- 100g hemp seeds
- 250g raisins
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- For the topping
- 100g 85% dark chocolate
Preheat the oven at 180 degrees. Put the oats, buckwheat and help seeds on to a baking tray. Roast for 10 min or until a slight golden colour.
Pit the dates and put them along side the oats, buckwheat, raisins, cinnamon, ginger and coconut oil in a food processor. Blitz until all combined and hold their shape when pressed together.
Take the mixture out of the food processor and pop it on a baking paper. Take another baking paper and pop it on top. Level the mixture with a rolling pin until you get a 3-4cm high block.
Melt the chocolate in a bowl over simmering water. Take a spoon and pour the chocolate over the block and push it carefully to the ends. Cut the block in neat bars or just in shards.