Granola bites

Granola is one of those dishes that is so easy to make healthy.  

There is no need for sugar, gluten or dairy and the end result is as tasty (if not tastier and miles better for you) than store bought granolas often packed with sugar and polyunsaturated fats.   Most ingredients that make a granola are very sweet anyway (dates, apricots, berries etc) and adding a bit of honey or maple syrup makes one very sweet snack. 

Thanks to all the nuts and seeds, granola can also be a very good source of protein. There are no "correct" ingredients - you can use any nuts, seeds or berries that you have to make a tasty (and healthy) granola. 

1 cup oats (I use gluten free oats)
½ cup flaked almonds
1 cup pecans
2 TBSP sunflower seeds
½ cup dried apricots
½ cup dried cranberries
½ cup dates
3 TBSP coconut oil
3 TBSP maple syrup (or honey)

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend into a coarse paste.

Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper, spoon on the mixture, and press and spread evenly. Bake for 25 minutes in a preheated oven, 150 degrees.  When you take the granola out of the oven it will still be soft but will eventually harden.  Score with a knife while still warm , and once cool,  break up with your hands. We ate ours for breakfast with yoghurt and pomegranate, then snacked on it over the next couple of days.


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