At least this phases is a wonderful flavour profile. What if I was going through a liver and onions phase? Let's try and forget I mentioned that... I apologize
I have done THREE variations on this granola bar in the past 2 weeks.
- Pistachio Sesame
- Pecan Butter Tart (not pictured- they disappeared too fast)
I would have to say that the pecan butter tart is a close second for my favourite. I always thought butter tarts tasted like dates- and this granola bar version captures this flavour amazingly.
Pistachio Sesame Granola Bars
~3/4 cup- 5-10 dates (I used ~8) - it was around 150g (if you like a sweeter bar add more dates or a tbsp of honey)
1/4 cup almond butter
1 tsp cinnamon (or to taste)
1 cup puffed rice cereal
1/2 cup bran buds (or other bran cereal)
1/2 cup large flake rolled oats or 12 grain cereal mix
* Pick your flavour profile from the ones listed (or create your own) and add with the dry ingredients!
2 tbsp sesame seeds (toasted- but untoasted works too!)
1/2 cup shelled, whole pistachios (I used salted for that salty-sweet flavour)
Substitute 1 cup dried apricots for the dates
1/4 cup unsweetened, desiccated coconut (medium flake)
1/4 cup pumpkin or sunflower seeds
1/4 cup roasted almonds chopped
-->Pecan Butter Tart:
1/2 cup roasted pecans
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
Line a 4x8 container with waxed paper- making sure to have the paper come up the sides for easy removal.
In a small bowl, place the dates (or apricots) in ~1/2 cup hot water. ALTERNATIVE: steep your favourite tea in the water first before adding in the dates. Let sit for ~5-10 minutes to soften the dates.
Discard the water and mash the dates using a fork until a smooth paste forms (the apricots were a bit more difficult- I ended up using a food processor to get them to puree). Add the almond butter and cinnamon and stir until incorporated.
Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Add the mashed date mixture and mix until well incorporated. Pour the mixture into the prepared dish and flatten with a measuring cup or your hands to compact the ingredients together (push hard- the more they are compacted, the better your bars will turn out!). Refrigerate for at least 1 hour until set. Remove from the container and cut into your preferred bar size. Enjoy!