What happens when a rich fudgy brownie meets a nutty granola bar?! You get these seriously addicting Brownie Granola Bars. The best of both worlds in one delicious little snack.

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I’m not a huge fan of classic granola bars, so I had to come up with a better version. Well, these chocolatey bars are still super nourishing, but they taste like dessert. They are loaded with healthy fats, nutritious oats, antioxidant-rich cacao to keep your energy up; and are sweetened with dates and a little coconut nectar! There’s also coffee in them, but you can use water instead if you don’t tolerate caffeine. They are the perfect lazy morning breakfast, snack or even dessert.

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These incredibly flavorful granola bars are like a rich, fudgy brownie studded with nuts, seeds and whole grains. Chewy and crunchy at the same time! They’re so good it’s nearly impossible eating just one, so be warned.

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You should also know these brownie bars are gluten-free, vegan, naturally sweetened, oil-free and so decadent.

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Brownie Granola Bars

Hearty, fiber-rich and incredibly delicious Brownie Granola Bars. A cross between your favorite fudgy dessert and a nutty bar. Made with wholesome ingredients, but so rich, chewy and chocolatey. The perfect quick breakfast or on-the-go snack.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Servings 12 bars

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup pecans
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup buckwheat groats
  • 1 cup oats
  • 2 Tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 cup dates, tightly packed
  • 2 shots of espresso - equals ½ cup*
  • 5 Tbsp tahini - can sub almond or cashew butter
  • 3 Tbsp cacao powder
  • 2 Tbsp coconut nectar or maple syrup
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C / 350 F.
  • Place pecans and pumpkin seeds in a food processor and pulse to roughly chop. I like everything in a similar size.
  • Add dates, coffee, tahini, cacao powder and vanilla extract to a high-speed blender or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy. You will need to stop a few times to scrape down the sides. Be patient, it will be worth it.
  • Combine remaining ingredients in a big bowl with date paste and chopped nuts and seeds. Mix well to coat.
  • Transfer the mixture to a parchment-lined baking pan (size 9x9 inch/23x23 cm). Press the mixture down using the bottom of a measuring cup; press into an even layer.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, until your kitchen smells divine and the edges are starting to brown.
  • Remove from the oven and let it cool. Then lift out of the pan and cut into 12 bars.
  • Store in an air-tight container for up to five days or in the freezer for up to a month.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

*Coffee gives it a beautiful depth of flavor, but if you don’t consume caffeine, you can use water instead.

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