Overview

These simple raw granola bars taste amazing. There are a number of ingredients in this one, but it's not difficult to make as long as you have all of the ingredients on hand and a food processor in your kitchen.

Ingredients

Nutrition Facts

Directions

  • 1. Process almonds, dates and water. You don't need them to be totally processed, just process well enough--similar to how you'd process to make a raw pie crust. You should smallish chunks of dates and raisins.
  • 2. Transfer almond/date/water mixture into a big mixing bowl.
  • 3. Add everything else to the big mixing bowl and just mix with a spoon or even your hands.
  • 4. Spread granola bars into two glass dishes. (This is a big recipe, so you'll probably want to put it into two separate dishes or else it'll be really thick in one dish.)
  • 5. These raw granola bars can be eaten as is--undehydrated (taste more like brownies then) or you can cut and dehydrate these raw granola bars to make a more traditional crunchy granola bar. Perhaps leave one dish moist and dehydrate the other! Best of both worlds :)

The Rawtarian's Thoughts

By The Rawtarian

Raw granola bars are so tasty. I should really make them more often!

Sorry for posting a raw granola bar recipe that calls for so many ingredients, I realize that it goes against my "totally simple" rule... But I just made this recipe up and the flavor is so nice so I wanted to share these raw granola bars with you all!

Plus, it is actually pretty easy once you get past the first food processing bit.

This raw granola bar recipe would actually make a perfect pie crust or raw cake base as well. It's got the standard raw goody texture. :) But the flavor is really unique--in a good way!

Nutrition Overview

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  • This recipe is very low in Sodium.
  • This recipe is low in Calories.
  • This recipe is a good source of Protein, Dietary Fiber, and Riboflavin.
  • This recipe is a noteworthy source of Calcium, Iron, and Vitamin B6.

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I made this without dehydrating and it was ah-mazing, however a bit messy! I don't have a dehydrator, but was wondering if you had any idea how one might dehydrate them in the oven??

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I would like to try this recipe, however , are all the enzyme inhibitors released from the almonds if only soaked for an hour?

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Hi Christi, You can soak for longer if you are concerned about the enzyme inhibitors

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These look great. I have started leaving oil out of my granolas and they still come out great and crunchy. You can save some calories that way.

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Good to know! :)

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I've made this recipe lots of times as is, but I've also really enjoyed how fantastically flexible it is too! I've experimented with adding in mashed bananas, craisins, diced dried apricots, dried cherries, dried apple pieces, and my fave: cacao nibs! The recipe is sweet enough to balance out the cacao nib bitter and leave an awesome chocolatey crunch.
Today I've made cherry apricot dark chocolate version of these!
I don't dehydrate these very long in an effort to add a wee bit of moisture to my diet, but then they easily freeze for longer shelf life and thaw for breakfast on the go!
Thanks rawitarian for this great recipe and always having such a wonderful go to site!

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Great ideas, Kelly, Thank you for sharing. Cherry, apricot, chocolate... yum!

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You mentioned using two glass dishes - how big are they?

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My dishes are about 8 inches by 8 inches :)

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Thanks, this has been a great base recipe for me to play with. I soak the dates and then use the date water instead of honey. I totally sprout every nut and seed, which takes a few days but I like that, I use the tahini and coconut oil, love that! Cinnamon and vanilla, too. I also add on top of flax and coconut, hemp shells and chia seeds. Just a power house of health this is!! I have intentions to dehydrate this, but already after my second batch all the dough gets eaten up too quick. My very young children love this, too. Thanks for your great recipes, I look forward to trying more. I

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Jaclyn, you sound super creative! Awesome that your children are fans, too! :)

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the groat does not need soaking??

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Correct Cath

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Thanks for your reply. My buckwheat groat had plenty of weirdo flies in it, so need to restock lol

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Sounds like a good time to restock then!

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How long do you keep it in the dehydrator? in what temperature? Thanks!

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About 7 hrs at 110

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If I dehydrate them how should I store them and for how long. I'm taking a 6 week road trip and am looking for food to take with me.

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Hi Rebecca! To store for that long you need to make sure there is NO moisture left in them. Maybe go for like 20 hours at the highest heat you are comfortable with, then store in an airtight container

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I liked it slightly dehydrated. It gave the "grawnola" a chewy and crunchy texture.

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Hi Jenny, best of both worlds! Mmmm grawnola :)

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What can I substitute for the flax? My hubbycan't eat flax.
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Hi Crystal, you can use wheat germ instead of the flax. Also, perhaps you can try ground or whole chia seed instead as well.

Hope this helps!

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I love the raw granola, it is addicting!!! I have to tell myself to consume in moderation other wise would eat the whole pan. :)

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I'm with you on that, Kimmie. It's so easy to binge out!

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De.lic.ious! Just wish I had a dehydrator to try it that way too! Really though, I love these granola bars!

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Hi Chrystaline - glad you are enjoying them! They are a bit of work to put together but oh so good, right?

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Do you dehydrate them in the pan, or spread them on a sheet first?

Will Steel cut oat groats work instead if buckwheat?

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Hi Mike! Dehydrating - no pan, just spread them on parchment paper or Teflexx sheets

steel cut oats instead of buckwheat groats? yes, I say give that a go

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Hi, thanks for sharing your recepies! You give me soo much inspiration! I'll try to do these bars when I (finally) get my Sedona, but I can't eat wheat germs and I don't know what to use as a substitute?

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Hi Sara, you can use ground flaxseed (aka flaxseel meal) instead

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I'm so happy, grateful and impressed that you always seem to take the time to answer all questions!
There is no Swedish raw food blogs that can compare with yours, so I'm thrilled that I found yours and will test a lots of your recipes this summer. I'll try to involve my daughters (12 and 13 years) in the (un-)cooking... :-)

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Thank you Sara :) I do my best. Sometimes I am slow, but I try to get to them eventually!

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These are amazing. I LOVE the chocolate fudge. Every recipe I have tried has been great. I have been so happy coming across your blog. THANK YOU :o)

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And thank you for being here, Lisa : )  xox

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My son is allergic to nuts, peanuts & sesame seeds. What could I substitute the nuts & tahini for? I find it very difficult to find suitable raw recipes for snacks for him as most contain nuts. He can eat most seeds now, just not sesame. Any suggestions would be gratefully appreciated. Thank you :)

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Hi Lesley, you can omit the sesame seeds, they are not needed.  The tahini is another story - you can use cashew butter but he is probably allergic to that! hmm - maybe increase the coconut oil instead of the tahini?  and then don't dehydrate them, refrigerate

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I would like to try this recipe, however , are all the enzyme inhibitors released from the almonds if only soaked for an hour?

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What does this mean about the enzyme inhibitors.

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Hi Dorthy! In short, don't worry about it, but if you are interested, nuts/seeds have a natural coating that makes it so they don't grow/sprout unless wet. this coating gets removed when you soak them in water. google it :)

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I did google it. Thank you, I wanted to know what you meant.

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My pleasure D :)

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Hi Christi, You can soak for longer if you are concerned about the enzyme inhibitors

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Love love this recipe! I added Hemp Protein to this batch..so good makes enough for a whole week!

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Hi Susie, So glad you enjoy these granola bars and that they last you through the week!

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I made this without dehydrating and it was ah-mazing, however a bit messy! I don't have a dehydrator, but was wondering if you had any idea how one might dehydrate them in the oven??

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Hi Tira, in my experience it is not possible to dehydrate in an oven. Best to wait until you get a dehydrator.

Best dehydrator is 9-tray excalibur, hands down. But... it is expensive! http://tinyurl.com/ah6o3qt

You can also get a Vegikiln - they are cheaper, white, not as "reputable" but they get the job done: http://tinyurl.com/avb59e3

Hope this helps!

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Hey, I dont have a vitamix or food processor... think I can use my omega juicer to blend and mash the nuts and dates?

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the juicer will make the nuts too small, more like a nut butter rather than small chunks... i make date paste with my omega, but it also might make them too smooshed up for this recipe. but, i mean, you could always try! especially if you have a dehydrator and you dont mind it not being very chunky.

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Hi Elaina, I hate to be a downer but this will not work in your juicer! I highly recommend picking up a food processor. You don't have to spend much! $50 - $60 will get you one that will do the job (like this one: http://tinyurl.com/avdwva4). They are totally worth it. I use mine all the time!

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Thank you so much for sharing your next level recipes!! Really. Said farewell to many cooked recipe's once i started with raw food, but here they are again... :D Great!
Didn't try one yet, but I will try most of your recipe's in the very near future.. U seem to have great skills!
Thanks!!

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Thanks Marc :) So glad you they are appealing to you... Once you start digging in I'd love to know more about what you like :)

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Hi !

Fairly new to the raw world ..so just to confirm u dehydrate them for about 10 hours or so and on what temperature ? Thanks !

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Hi Afrina - you do not need to dehydrate them. But if you want to you could dehydrate them for about 8 hours at 110 degrees.

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How long do you dehydrate them for?

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Hi Mike, you could dehydrate them for 8 hours or so

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Hi. This recipe is awesome. It's great. Thanks for sharing. I just made a batch, which is actually still in the dehydrator. my husband and myself just tasted it and it's yummmmm. I made some variations. I added cashews and walnut meal to it and instead of buckwheat I added quinoa flakes. It is just so yumm. I am going to make it again. I also did not have the exact qty. of ingredients mentioned, so I just thew in whatever I could, but it still turned out great. Thanks again. God bless you.

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This recipe is very forgiving. I think as long as you have the tahini and the sweet stuff (dates), then you can susbtitute a lot of the nuts/dried fruits IN THE SAME QUANTITIES (ie. same amount of dried fruit, same amount of nuts) and it'll be good.

Thank you for sharing your tweaks and substitutions. Your comments help make this site a better resource for all. Glad to have you here Laura.

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This recipe looks delicious! I just need to get a couple things at the store. Can you find Tahini anywhere? I did a quick Google search and it appears that Trader Joe's has it. Would it be labeled Tahini Sauce? Thanks for your help!

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Tahini is usually pretty easy to find - in the health food store or health food aisle near almond butter, etc. It's not really a "sauce". It's just... tahini :)

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Hi! Do these need to be refrigerated, raw or dehydrated? If not, how long will they keep at room temperature? I want to send some goodies to my brother for his birthday :)

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Room temperature is not good for these. Try fridge or dehydrating.

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These are very tasty! My two-year old even enjoys them! Thank you!

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You're welcome April. Glad to have you here.

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these were delicious and easy! I omitted the seeds as I had none. Organic sunflower seeds are sitting on my counter and I'm ready for another batch. They will be even better!

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Sorry. I misread the recipe. I still don't think the buckwheat, not wheat berries, are safe for my daughter with her wheat allergy. Any suggestions?

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I am gluten-free and know for a fact that buckwheat is a wheat free/ gluten-free grain. Don't let the word "wheat" scare or fool you. :)

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@Lisa...I researched for you...Buckwheat is commonly used in Raw diets because it is not wheat(gluten-free)..no relation to wheat but can be ground into a flour and used like wheat. It is the seed of a flowering plant. So, hopefully you can make this recipe...because it really is a great one with lots of possibilities. Hope this helps ;D

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I want to make these, but my daughter is allergic to wheat. Any suggestions on substitutes for the wheat berries?

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Love these bars...easier to make than the cooked variety and so much healthier. This recipe is great!...I can sub so many ingredients or add with no ill consequences. Turned these into Super Protein bars by adding in Raw Protein and Maca...also made chocolate version with raw cacao powder and cacao nibs...my almost raw hubbie loves these for his workouts. They have great mouth feel, the soft chewiness and the crunch of the nuts and groats and nibs...gonna try Goji powder and Spirulina next time. Thank you sooo much!!!

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What temp shoud these be dehydrated on?

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How long should the bars be dehydrated for?

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varies - 10-15 hours

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Can I sub whole grain rolled oats instead for buckwheat groats? And how long to dehydrate the raw granola bars? I'm experimenting today for the first time with my Excalibur. I've made 6 trays of various flax crackers. Tomorrow is the taste test:) Crossing my fingers.

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Not sure about the whole grain oats - I've never used them before.

If you try please let me know about results. TY

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Starting my raw journey from Perth, Western Australia!! This is my first successful recipe. Just what I have been looking for in a mid morn snack or after dinner treat. Sooo yum, can't wait to show these off at a picnic tomorrow!

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Hello Australia!! *waves*

Have fun showing off. These ones have a really nice flavor. I think it has a lot to do with the tahini

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Just made these! They turned out super deelish (: I have some in the oven set at the lowest temp, some in the dehydrator, and some in the refrigerator. I wanted to see how they all turned out! lol I am new with the whole dehydrator thing (; When using the oven is 150 going to kill all the good stuff?? Should I try to just stick with the dehydrator? Thanks!!

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Yes, try to stick with D -especially since you have one!

Yes, the idea is that cooking over 105 degrees diminishes nutritional content

I am curious to know how they will turn out though in oven!

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Oh my goodness these are amazing! I'm doing raw vegan M-F and not raw Saturday and Sunday and I've been struggling with what to eat. Thank you for these! I'm going to make big batches on Sunday from now on and bring them to work with me!! Thanks for sharing!

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My pleasure FR :)

I like these too. I haven't made these in a while and now that I think about them I am craving them :)

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I made these today. I substituted gluten-free oatmeal for the buckwheat (tried it - hate it), sesame seeds, and flax seeds (didn't have the seeds); it turned out really good. Oh, and I only had half the amount of cinnamon called for, so I added some giger, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice. I have my snack made for the next few days!

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If it lasts that long :)

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Looks so delicious! I think that it will be a perfect choice after my work out...

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Yes, I am sure it will. Happy work out!

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these look great, what can I use as a subsitute for the coconut?? I want to make these tonight but dont have any coconut in the cupboard! :)

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Instead of coconut try this in this recipe:

1/2 cup dried coconut = 1/4 cup raisins + 1/4 cup ground flax or ground wheat germ

Note: You will still need the coconut oil in this recipe

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...and I have to second the "keep looking" on the buckwheat groats. They are soooooo tasty!!!

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Hi  Welcome Anya :)

**waves**

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wow, just found your site- just finding my way to eating raw, too. I havent committed yet (waiting for the warmer weather) but love what Im finding/eating. You've got some great recipes. Thanks!

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Hi, I made your granola bars today and I must say they are very good. The kids love them, I had to sub some ingredients though, I didnt have any groats so I added oats instead, and 1\4 cup of cranberries, 1/4 cup of raisins to make up for the 1/2 cup you asked for. And peanut butter for the tahini, I also threw in some Hemp as well- YUMM!!!

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Sounds yummy!!

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Hi there! My raw bars always seem to come out a little too soft and fall apart too easily when I put them in the dehydrator. The raw bars you can purchase at the market are much firmer and have a better crunch to them. Do you have any suggestions for me? Thank you in advance!! :)

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Yes - they are rather crumbly. More coconut oil and more tahini MIGHT work to make them hold together longer. Also - it is probably because the bars are so chunky - if you want them to stay together better you might want to process more of the ingredients

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I Cant wait to finally move into my own place and make these! they look delicious. Thanks for sharing.

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Yay for moving out on your own. One day you will be at that stage, Liz. It's  fun to set up upir own place! Thanks for being here :)

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fantastic...I made these this afternoon and all I have to say is...WOW. These granola bars are by far some of the best tasting granola bars I've had. I skipped on the coconut oil and had to chop the almonds and dates by hand because I don't own a food processor...I tried to blend the mix, but that was a major fail and I don't recommend it to anyone. Overall, yummy recipe:) I'll make these again for sure!

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Haha, they are quite a bit of work, aren't they. Sounds like you had a "Make it work" moment and got through it with some nice goodies as a result :)

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Wow, these are becoming a staple in our house!

I have used soaked and sprouted sunflower and buckwheat in this recipe and they work great. Also, I didn't have tahini on hand so used some of my kid's natural peanut butter. I found some cranberries sweetened with apple juice and used those instead of raisins for a nice change.

I've found that a double batch fits nicely in a large jelly-roll pan for firming up in the fridge and then we usually eat some straight from the fridge and I cut and dehydrate the rest to store in the cookie jar.

My girls and I like them but my husband and little boys (2&4) are CRAZY about them, so rewarding to see my guys gobble up these raw treats!

Thanks!

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So glad your fam loves them. I think your subs sound really yummy - especially the cranberry idea

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Thanks for sharing. Glad to have you here, Sarah.

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How long do you think something like this could be stored? My husband takes business trips in which he does not have access to fresh food. I send vacuum sealed dehydrated fruit, but something with more substance like this would be great!

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Definitely a couple of weeks or so

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Hi! I just made this today- it smells delicious! I made a few additions: 1/8 t sea salt, 1 T maple syrup, 1/2 c goji berries (soaked for 15 mins & drained), and 1/4 c soaked & dehydrated salted pumkin seeds I had on hand. My buckwheat groats were previously sprouted and deyhdrated. Thanks for the recipe! Next time I'm sure I will double it!

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Sounds like some great substitutions Colette - thank you for sharing

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Yum! My non-raw hubby said the only thing he didn't like was that I didn't make more! Better get those almonds and dates saoking ... :)

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Gotta love recipes that non-raw hubbies like. Although...sometimes it can be annoying because they can gobble them all up!! :)

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I think I misunderstood what buckwheat groats are, I actually sprouted them! Either way, the granola bars turned out great, so crunchy and chewy! Also, I am a bit confused by the food processor part, should we put the raisins in there as well(i put them in afterwards), or just the dates and almonds?

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Hehe, no, I don't sprout mine I just throw them in whole. BUT I am glad sprouting worked for you!!

Sorry if it was unclear. Yes, what you did was what I intended... Do not put the raisins in the FP. They should be in the granola bars whole.

Did yours stick together okay?

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phew, that's a relief, since sprouting consumed a lot of energy (I only have an oven to use for dehydrating). Plus, I had to wait three long days to try out this delicious recipe :P
And yes, they are sticking together alright.

Lots of praises from my sister, as well ;)

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Lol, wow, you are patient Tara. Glad you and your sis like! :)

I didn't have a dehydrator for a long time. I bought my Vitamix blender first. Dehydrator came later I think.

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Yummy! I recently made a batch of home made Lara bars and they were amazing. I felt the same way, "I should really make them more often." Thanks for the recipe!

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My pleasure Heather

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Yum!!! I made a batch today minus raisins. How long will these keep? It does make a lot. Do you think some could be frozen? Thanks for the recipe. This is exactly what I needed!

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Did you dehydrate them? I used some as "granola bars" and I broke the some of the leftover bits into "granola" and served with fresh berries and cashew milk like a fancy breakfast cereal. Soo good!

You could probably freeze them, I don't see why not. (But in my house we ate them all really fast!)

I do recommend dehydrating them. For this recipe the flavours are better when they are dried out.

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Thank you! I did not dehydrate them. I love the chewy consistency. And they do appear to be getting consumed rather quickly.

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Glad you like them as is, too, Natalie :)

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These look fabulous! Do you think I could substitute buckwheat groats? I never seem to see oat groats in any of my health food stores (although I must admit, I haven't exactly tried that hard to find them)

Thanks Laura-Jane!

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hello, these are soooooooo very yummy i cant stop eating them if you haven"t tried making them yet please give them ago you wont put them down . thank you your site is fab . thanks Deb.

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Lol Debra - your comment cracks me up. In a good way!

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I live in the middle of nowhere (small country town in Canada) and my HFS has them, so do try looking. :) Ask the owners.

You can probably omit them (try substituting more crushed almonds instead), but the oat groats have an amazing crunch and texture and the recipe won't be AS good without them.

Nonetheless, it'll still work without em as long as you substitute another nut for them.

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Hi Laura-Jane, I googled for a recipe for Raw Granola Bars and yours was at the top of the list. I'm confused that both you and Casey are referring to "Oat Groats" since I don't see any listed in the ingredients for your granola bars. I see 1/2 cup buckwheat groats. What am I missing here? Thanks, Jason

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What are you missing, Jason? How about an organized blog owner? Lol

Oops, it is my mistake. I always get confused between oat groats and buckwheat groats, which is probably why I wrote about them interchangeably without meaning to.

Buckwheat groats look like little tiny 3D lanterns. They are very crunchy and hard.
Oat groats look a lot like rice, long and skinny.

This recipe definitely calls for buckwheat groats, so I will edit the recipe to remove mention of oats.

Thanks for keeping me honest :)

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