Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Sugarless No-Bake Granola bar

Following the success in making truffle dates, I'm pretty confident in venturing into another elevated dessert or energy snack which requires no sugar and no baking process. I'm always on a lookout for healthy options that exclude refined sugar or refined flour in dessert making. Several cooking sites were browsed with series of anticipation but none provided me the satisfying healthy and quick dessert recipe. So, I have to use every ingredient available in my pantry as I was lazy to shop for them and started on the experiment with 10 percent of doubt clouding my mind in whether the outcome would be great or vise verse. As I start frying the quick oats in a tbsp of butter, I couldn't sense the work of magic happening around but when more ingredients added with 1/8 cup of melted butter, delicious aroma wafted all over the kitchen. I tell you, this combination of cranberries, almonds, dates and oats are marriage made in heaven. The sweetness from the dates, tangy and tartness from the cranberries will be bursting with flavor in your mouth. The best part is that no sugar or honey required as the dried fruits are already rich in natural sugar. Well,a day of small square would sweeten up your whole hectic working day. Perfect indulgence for sweet tooth.
"Linking this to Dish it out event hosted by Hasna of Kachuss Delights ; originally hosted by Vardhini of Cooks Joy"

Sugarless No-Bake Granola Bar

Ingredients : 

Pitted dates: 1 cup
Dried cranberries :1 cup
Instant cooking oats: 1/4 cup 
Melted butter : 1/8 cup plus 1 tbsp
Roasted almonds : 1/2 cup  
Vanilla essence : 1 1/2 tsp 
Salt : a pinch



Method :

1. First, In a food processor, I have added finely chopped dates, 1/2 cup of dried cranberries, salt and vanilla essence. All of them were ground smoothly.

2. Next, fry the instant oats in a tbsp butter till golden brown. Keep aside.

3. Dry roast the almonds separately till golden brown. Cool them aside.

3. Then, pulverize 1/2 cup of roasted almonds till it becomes small nibs.

4. Heat a pan with 1/8 cup of melted butter, add in ground dried fruits along with another 1/2 cup of dried cranberries and start stirring continuously til they come together as a ball. Keep mixing for 10 minutes.

5. After that, add coarsely ground almond nibs and oats. Mix well by pressing the mixture hard by using the back of the stirring spoon. Only 5 minutes required to blend all the mixture together on flame.

6. Grease a baking tray with butter and pour the prepared mixture. Press it hard so it's well distributed and easy to cut into small squares. 

7. Store in an airtight container in a fridge for 1 week. 


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