Beet-berry no bake granola bars

Keyword: No Bake, Beet, Raspberry, Granola bar, energy bar, vegan, gluten free 

Prep Time 20 minutes

Cook Time 40 minutes

Total Time 60 minutes

Servings Fills an 8x8 baking dish, divide as seen fit

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups Gluten Free rolled oats (pulsed / ground in food processor)
  • 2 cups GF rolled oats whole (or puffed quinoa)
  • ½ Pitted Dates (soaked)
  • ⅓ cup coconut milk (canned is best)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup Tahini
  • ½ cup nut butter of choice
  • ¼ to ½ cup chocolate chips or cocoa nibs
  • 2 tablespoons Beet Whole Food Crystals (add more to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons Raspberry Whole Food Crystals (add more to taste)
  • Additional add-ins for fun - raisins, chopped almonds, etc.

Instructions

  • Pulse soft dates in food processor until thick paste consistency is achieved.
  • Mix dates and all remaining ingredients, except whole food crystals in medium bowl.
  • In small bowl mix crystals and 2 tablespoons of water and stir with a whisk. Add water if thick puree is not achieved. Do not overdo it over it will be too much liquid in the bars.
  • Mix in crystal puree into the medium bowl with the rest of the bar ingredients. 
  • Repeat steps as necessary to achieve desired taste. 
  • Be weary of bar consistency. If it becomes too soft, do not mix crystals with water and simply add them right to the bowl!
  • Smooth mixture out into a 8x8 dish.
  • Freeze in pan for 1 hour to allow bars to set.
  • Remove from pan and slice into desired bar shape.
  • Place in freezer safe container.
  • Store in freezer for prolonged shelf-life.

(Adapted from this recipe )