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Vegan Granola Bars

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Oats bring a pleasant chewiness and an old-fashioned goodness to these vegan, nutrient-dense bars. Pureed dates lend just enough sweetness to this convenient breakfast or snack. Nuts, ground flax, and dried fruits add antioxidants, vitamins, good fats, and flavor.

  • Yield: Makes 8

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July 2008

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (9 ounces) pitted dates
  • Vegetable-oil cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats, finely ground, or 1 cup quinoa flakes
  • 4 1/2 ounces (1 cup) pecans, toasted, 1/2 finely ground and 1/2 coarsely chopped
  • 2 ounces (1/2 cup) unsalted macadamia nuts, toasted, 1/2 finely ground and 1/2 coarsely chopped
  • 2 1/4 ounces (1/3 cup) dried papaya, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 3/4 ounces (1/3 cup) dried cherries, chopped
  • 2 ounces (1/3 cup) dried blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons oat bran
  • 3 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 2 tablespoons wheat germ
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons brown-rice syrup or honey

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place dates in a small saucepan, cover with cold water, and bring to a simmer. Drain. Puree in a food processor until smooth.

  2. Coat an 8-inch square baking pan with cooking spray. Mix oats or quinoa flakes, nuts, papaya, cherries, blueberries, bran, flaxseed, wheat germ, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Mix in date puree and brown-rice syrup or honey. Press mixture into pan.

  3. Bake until center is firm and edges are golden, about 25 minutes. Let cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into 8 bars.

Cook's Notes

Protein-rich quinoa flakes, which have a nutty flavor, also work well in this recipe.

Reviews Add a comment

  • sally2k
    8 JAN, 2015
    I made this recipe and feel like some ingredient must be missing. It made a very tasty granola but was in no way a bar. Not sure what to add. More honey? Egg white? Maybe the liquid from the date?
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  • BostonFoodie
    5 MAY, 2014
    I just made these bars. They are so yummy. Made a few tweaks. Used dried apricots and cranberries, instead of papaya and blueberries. Also, just used almonds for the nuts. I don't know what all the complaining is about. It's a great recipe. If you don't like an ingredient, because of your dietary choices, simply change it up. Enjoy!
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  • MS11287349
    21 MAY, 2013
    I actually have not made them but they're healthy and sure to be delish but just by calculating calories per bar, which gave me 418cal and 19gm of good fat, has anyone got any suggestion on substituting some of those calories to make them more of a snack and not a meal?
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  • MS11995172
    20 MAR, 2013
    I don't know if this recipe has been amended since it was first presented, but I don't see anywhere that it says it is vegan. Martha actually gives an alternate for honey. I haven't made these bars yet, but I will keep the recipe. It sounds good an healthy for omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans.
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  • Vermonter01
    13 MAR, 2013
    This is about good food to keep us healthy. Let's keep the interactions happy and healthy as well. Nobody needs to stick to other peoples strict guidelines, may we live and post in harmony. Yummy sounding recipe! Sending joy from my Vermont kitchen to yours. Happy cooking. Peace!
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  • KRN26K
    13 MAR, 2013
    Did I miss where it says "vegan" -- isn't the substitution (as shown) of rice syrup ok for a vegan? Stop commenting and be proud and be creative as to how you can make it vegan for just you.
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  • scarlettohara66
    30 MAR, 2012
    I agree with Dinnerfortwo. Inikolic, I'm sure you think you're so superior to us all because you're vegan, but you're not. You're just another self-righteous health snob who doesn't deserve to know how delicious honey is and how good it is for you! :-P MORE FOR US!
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  • dinnerfortwo
    22 MAR, 2012
    this is for 'inikolic' and her scolding remarks to martha...LIGHTEN UP HONEY! life is just too short to worry about your agrument about what is truly vegan and what's not...those veggies you eat are depriving 'wild animals' of their rightful habitat to graze on the flowers that the BEES pollinate! stop judging the world based on your views only...a proud foodie
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  • MS10837871
    1 FEB, 2012
    Honey is NOT vegan! Come on Martha get it right :) Since you're such a perfectionist you really should remove honey from this recipe. As a vegan for over a decade I can tell you that honey has never been part of my diet nor should it be part of any other true vegan's diet.
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  • mvkirby
    11 DEC, 2011
    I don't have the info on the flaxseed, but without it, here's the nutritional info: Per Serving: 357 Calories; 17g Fat (41.1% calories from fat); 6g Protein; 50g Carbohydrate; 7g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 121mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1 Grain(Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 2 Fruit; 3 1/2 Fat; 1/2 Other Carbohydrates. I've made them before for my son, the recipe worked well and we liked them.
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