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Tahini & Apricot Granola Bars – Dairy and Gluten free

19th June 2015

An easy and healthy snack to prepare – and a lifesaver when your stuck for time and constantly on the run. Packed with goodness from sesame and sunflower seeds, and they are nut, dairy and gluten-free too!  Although the tahini gives it a nutty aroma!

{makes 16 bars}

ingredients

300g rolled oats, wheat & gluten- free

40g sunflower seeds

15g sesame seeds, toasted

100g dried apricots, finely chopped

90g coconut oil, (odorless)

110g tahini paste

140g maple syrup

1 tsp. vanilla bean paste

2 pinches, sea salt

Preparation time – 30 mins, cooking time – 35-40 mins, cooling time 2 hours refrigeration

Preheat the oven to 325°F gas mark 3, 170°C (150°C fan-assisted). Line a 23cm x 23cm square baking tray with parchment paper.

Over a gentle heat melt the coconut oil, tahini paste, maple syrup and vanilla paste until smooth set aside.

In a large mixing bowl add the rolled oats, sea salt, chopped apricots, toasted sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and mix well.

Pour over the oil mixture, mix well and then place in the prepared baking tray. Press down firmly until smooth.

Bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes or until golden. Let cool in the baking tray, then place in the fridge to harden up for approximately 2 hours.

When the granola has set and is firm, lift out of the tin and cut into squares, best to use a large chefs knife.

Place back in the fridge in a airtight container, until needed if you like them chewy, then bring out of the fridge 30 minutes to 1 hour before serving.

Enjoy

LISA’S TIP

There is an endless array of granola bars available in the supermarkets, but the best bars are the ones you make yourself, then you will know exactly what’s going inside. Tahini, a staple in middle- eastern cooking can be found in most health food stores. I love to combine sweetness with tahini, it creates a powerhouse of a addictive combination of flavours. So whether you grab one on the move, or crumbled over a smoothie bowl or chai seed pudding, it will certainly keep you filled up! I always keep my cool by keeping them in the refrigerator.  

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