Puffed Millet Fruit Energy Bars
I was tired of seeing the high sugar content and unhealthy additives in every granola bar out there. So now I only make my own bars and I get creative! I adore these no bake, refined sugar and gluten free bars. These Puffed Millet Fruit Bars are packed with healthy, nutritious and energy bursting ingredients. You will fall in love with these tasty bars and will never buy boxed bars again!
- ½ cup quick oats (gluten free in preferred)
- 1 cup puffed millet
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1¼ cup pitted dates
- ½ cup roasted almonds
- ¼ cup roasted cashews
- ¼ cup dried banana chips
- ¼ cup dried cherries chopped
- 6-8 pieces dried apricots chopped
- 2 tbsp medium unsweetened coconut
- 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 4 tbsp peanut/almond butter
- Heat a medium saute pan over low heat and add oats, millet, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
- Toast ingredients for 10 minutes until oats lightly browned and spices aromatic.
- Add dates to a food processor/blender and blend until a paste is made, if your dates are not soft and fresh, you may need to soak them in hot water for 5 minutes prior to processing or add a tbsp of hot water to your dates in the blender.
- Remove the date paste and add to a medium bowl.
- Add your almonds, cashews, banana chips, pumpkin seeds, cherries and apricots to the processor/blender and pulse for 10-15 seconds just until you have a coarse chop on the ingredients, no more! You can also chop these with a knife instead to get that coarse chop.
- Add these to the dates, along with the chia seeds, coconut and nut butter.
- Fold in your toasted oats, millet and spices.
- It should create a thick, chunky batter that holds together with the dates and nut butter.
- Take batter and put it into a wax paper lined 8x8 baking pan/casserole dish.
- Press the batter really well into the pan, ensure the corners are pressed tight as well.
- I take something flat and heavy to help press it well and evenly.
- Put dish into the freezer for 20 minutes.
- Remove the granola mixture from the pan with the wax paper and cut into desired sized bars.
- I keep them in an airtight container on the counter or fridge and they last about a week!
Serving size: 1 bar Calories: 106 Fat: 5.1g Saturated fat: 1.3g Unsaturated fat: 0 Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 13.8g Sugar: 7.6g Sodium: 14.3mg Fiber: 2g Protein: 3.1g Cholesterol: 0