Date, Orange & Chocolate Granola Squares

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17.11.12

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Date, Orange & Chocolate Granola Squares

 

I have said this before (you will know if you are a regular here) and I  am saying this once again, I am not a fan of oatmeal. I like oats in baking though. I started substituting a little bit of flour with quick cooking oats while baking and most of the time the results are great. I have also made oats based breakfast bakes which are a good way to include oats in your diet.

 

Date, Orange & Chocolate Granola Squares

 

When it comes to oats, one recipe not to forget has to be ‘granola bars’. I had tried several local granola bar brands and hated the taste. They are overloaded with sugar, preservatives, artificial flavors and taste very synthetic. I did not enjoy them at all. But I had seen really delicious looking granola bar recipes in several food blogs I follow. I liked the idea of being able to control the amount of sugar and ingredients in my granola bars but for some reason never really made it.

Last week when I wanted to use up a bag of oatmeal I decided to try my hand on some granola bars. When I made the First batch, I went with a no bake recipe which had butter, honey, peanut butter and lots of chocolate. They turned out super good but they were more like candy bars ;) everybody loved them anyway…

 

Date, Orange & Chocolate Granola Squares

 

This time I decided to make less sweeter granola bars considering how fast we all finished dozens of them in just a few days. I also felt like they would be much better as ‘squares’ instead of ‘bars’ to control portion size (sometimes I just eat two of these though!). I replaced honey and sugar with a combination of date syrup and orange marmalade, replaced butter with coconut oil, and skipped peanut butter altogether. I used flax seeds instead of nuts for some nutritional boost and for dry fruits I used raisins. I couldn’t resist throwing in some chocolate chips though these bars will taste great even without any chocolate, you know my love for chocolate don’t you ;) I have used quick cooking oats here as that’s the only easily available oats for me but feel free to use rolled oats instead.

 

Date, Orange & Chocolate Granola Squares

 

How did they turn out? Great! My daughter has been asking for these ‘cookies’ everyday and I have been enjoying them as my mid morning snack. They are crisp and slightly chewy inside. With healthier ingredients from the store-bought granola bars there are relatively guilt-free! Though there is no refined white sugar at all in the recipe, I feel like they could have been less sweeter.  I want to try using fresh fruit puree instead of the marmalade next time to cut down on sugar a little more though.

 

I am hooked on to granola bars for sure! You will definitely see more and more variations of these bars here.

 

Date, Orange & Chocolate Granola Squares

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup flax seeds
  • 1/4 cup orange marmalade
  • 1/4 cup date syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

 

Combine all the dry ingredients well in a bowl.

Pre-heat the oven at 150 degree Celsius.

Combine all the wet ingredients in a small pan and slowly bring it a boil stirring continuously. Pour the hot liquid over the dry ingredients and mix everything well.

Fold the sticky moist mixture into a greased shallow tin and press everything well to make it flat. You can use your hands here to make sure it’s pressed well.

Bake it for 15 to 20 minutes. Keep checking on it to make sure it’s not burnt.

Once baked let it cool a little more and cut them into squares or bars. It’ll be a little brittle when it’s still hot but will harden as it cools down.

Store in an airtight container and enjoy for unto a week.

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2 comments :

  • Maria

    Can i substitute the orange marmalade with something else? I love the orange flavor but would not like to use it because of the sugar in it.

  • Asiya @ Chocolate and Chillies

    Love making granola bars at home but find that I end up eating way too much…with the prepackaged stuff I can stick to one but whenever I make them at home I can’t resist eating them :) Yours look great and love the changes made!

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