Date granola bars

I’ve always been a fan of granola bars, they’re a satisfying and ‘good’ choice at a coffee shop. But I’ve never made them before now. This is the first recipe I’ve tried from a new cookbook, Deliciously Ella. There’s been a lot of publicity about Ella Woodward in the UK, this book is based on the plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free diet she adopted after illness. dates 1-5-15plateful 1-5-15These granola bars are based on dates and remind me of the date slice my mother baked when I was a child: so, an instant hit. mug of sunflower seeds 1-5-15Note: Ella cooks using cups, ie her own standard coffee mug, but she does include the weight equivalent. I didn’t weigh anything, instead I used my favourite ‘Pride and Prejudice’ mug [above]. Also, you need a blender [below].

blender, after date mix 1-5-15Makes about 20 bars
20 medjool dates [350g]
1 mug sunflower seeds [175g]
1 mug pumpkin seeds [175g]
1 mug flaxseeds [200g]
1 mug raisins [200g]
2 mugs oats [240g]
3 tbsp chia seeds
3 tbsp ground cinnamon
coconut oil

Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C. dates, pitted 1-5-15Pit the dates, place in a saucepan with 2 mugs [600ml] boiling water. Simmer for 5 minutes, until they are really soft.

While the dates cook, place the sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds, raisins and oats into a large mixing bowl. oats and raisins 1-5-15oats, seeds added 1-5-15Once the dates have cooked and are soft, put the dates and liquid into a blender. chia seeds, tbsp 1-5-15cinnamon, tbsp 1-5-15Add the chia seeds and cinnamon to the dates. Blend until smooth. add date mix to oat mix 1-5-15Add the date mix to the oat mix, and stir thoroughly until everything is coated and sticky [below]. mix ready for oven, spoonful 1-5-15Grease a large 40x28cm baking tray with coconut oil. Pour in the granola and press it down firmly so it is tightly packed and smooth on top. ready for the oven 1-5-15Bake for 20 minutes. cut the slices after 10 mins in oven 1-5-15Remove from the oven and, using a sharp knife, score the lines for the bars [above]. Place in the oven for a further 10-20 minutes, until the top turns golden brown. just out of the oven 1-5-15Cut into bars while hot, and allow to cool on a baking rack. Store in an airtight box. store in a box 1-5-155 to remember
el dátil – date
una barra de granola – a granola bar
las semillas de chia – the chia seeds
deshueasdo/a – pitted [stones removed from dates or olives]
el aceite de coco – the coconut oil

Deliciously Ella by Ella Woodward 1-5-15


This recipe is from Deliciously Ella by Ella Woodward [UK: Yellow Kite/Hodder & Stoughton]

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