An awesome gluten and dairy free granola bar that contains only nuts and dried fruit – so tasty and so satisfying

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In an effort to eat more healthily, and less processed food, without having to worry about flour and other gluten-containing ingredients, I stumbled across this recipe and it intrigued me.  In most of the granola or muesli bar recipes I’ve seen, there’s added butter (or peanut butter) or honey or maple syrup or some sort of liquid holding it all together.  This raw energy bar didn’t have anything like that, apart from a little bit of vanilla and water.  So I made it.  And it worked really well, and it was yummy!

I used the fruit and nut mix that I had in the cupboard – a mixture of walnuts, almonds, prunes and raisins.  I weighed the fruit and nuts separately, but turned out to be pretty much the ratios I would have gotten if I’d just weighed 300g in total of the mixture!

I keep the cut slice in the freezer and defrost a few minutes before eating, but I think you can also eat them straight out of the freezer if you wish.  The only reason I keep them in the freezer is so I don’t eat them all at once!

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Raw energy bars

Ingredients

  • 150 g chopped nuts
  • 150 g chopped dried fruit
  • 20 g shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1-2 tbs water

Instructions

  1. Process all ingredients together, adding enough water so the mixture isn't dry, but not too much that it becomes a gluggy mess.
  2. Press firmly into a prepared pan (a loaf pan) and freeze for at least 1 hour.
  3. Cut into 8 pieces with a sharp knife.
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