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No Bake Citrus Granola Bars: easy, healthy granola bars that are packed with protein to give you energy! Oatmeal, peanuts, dried fruit, and a hint of orange makes these chewy, gluten free bars a tempting snack. Feel free to change them up to your tastes! | www.savortheflavour.com #protein #snacks #granola #energybar #glutenfree

No Bake Citrus Granola Bars


  • Author: Brooke
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes (including chilling time)
  • Yield: 12 bars 1x

Description

No bake citrus granola bars are an easy, healthy snack that’s packed with protein to give you energy!  Oatmeal, peanuts, dried fruit, and a hint of orange makes these chewy, gluten free bars a tempting snack.  Feel free to change them up to your tastes.


Scale

Ingredients

Base

  • 2 cups quick oats (160g)

Dried Fruit

  • 1 cup raisins (150g)
  • 1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries (60g)

Nuts and Seeds

  • 1 cup roasted peanuts, crushed lightly (150g)
  • 1/2 cup sweetened dried coconut, shredded (38g)
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed (26g)

Extra Add Ins

  • Zest of one medium orange, such as Minneola

Binder

  • scant 1/2 cup liquid coconut oil (100g)
  • scant 1/2 cup liquid honey (150g)

Sweeteners

  • 2/3 cup brown sugar, packed (150g)
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice

Spices

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt (optional)

Instructions

  1. Line the base and sides of a 9 by 9-inch pan with a sheet of parchment paper.
  2. Crush the peanuts by placing 1/3 cup of them in a sandwich bag.  Lightly bang with a rolling pin until the peanuts are the size you want.  Repeat the process until all the peanuts are crushed.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients.
  4. In a medium sized bowl, mix the wet ingredients together, then pour into the dry ingredient bowl.  If the coconut oil has solidified, warm it up in the microwave to turn into a liquid.  Thoroughly mix all the ingredients together with a large spoon.
  5. Dump the granola mixture into the prepared pan.  Press the mixture into the pan using your fingers and the bottom of a glass to really compact it.
  6. Cover with foil and place in the fridge for at least two hours so the bars can harden.
  7. Lift the granola bars out of the pan and cut the square of granola in half with a sharp knife.  Cut each half into 1 1/4 inch bars.
  8. Store the bars in the fridge.  Enjoy them as a snack or a dessert replacement.

Notes

  • These bars are best stored in the fridge, since they soften quickly.  If you plan on taking them in your lunch, wrap it in plastic wrap or put in a snack-sized Ziploc bag.
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