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No-Bake Chewy Cardamom Granola Bars

Prep Time 25 mins
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12 Bars

Ingredients
  

  • 10 Medjool Dates 1 heaping Cup (measured before chopping)
  • Cup Hot water
  • Cup Tahini Or peanut butter or almond butter will work!
  • Cup Raw Pepitas
  • Cup Raw Sunflower Seeds
  • Cup Coconut Flakes
  • 2 ½ Cup Rolled Oats Not quick or instant oats!
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • ½ tsp Ground Cardamom
  • 1 tsp Vanilla

Instructions
 

  • Pit and coarsly chop dates. Place in a medium bowl and use as much cover with hot water as you need to cover the dates. Let soak for about 15 minutes.
  • While the dates are soaking, toast your seeds! Combine pepitas, sunflower seeds and coconut flakes in a skillet over meduim heat until the seeds are lightly toasted. About 7 minutes.
  • Once dates have soaked, drain water from dates, reserving ⅓ of a cup. In a large bowl using a fork mash the dates. Add the ⅓ cup of reserved water into the dates and continue mashing until a paste has formed. It doesn't have to be perfect. A few chunks are cool!
  • Add tahini to the date paste and stir to combine
  • Add oats, salt vanilla cardamom and toasted seeds into the bowl with the date + tahini paste. Stir until well combined.
  • Line a 9x9 pan with a parchment sling (for easy removal). Add all of the oat mixture and firmly press the mixture into the pan.
  • Let the granola bars set for 2 hours before slicing into 12 bars or squares. Store in the fridge.
Keyword Cardamom, Granola Bar, No Bake, Tahini