Healthy Granola Bars (Chia, Flax and Prunes)

Hi everyone! I hope you are all doing great! Today's recipe is a very healthy recipe to make some delicious Granola bars, this are filled with  lots of flavor and good things for you, so you can feel good about eating them! I hope you enjoy them.

  • 3 cups Old Fashion Oats
  • 2 Cups Prunes 
  • ½ cup chopped nuts
  • ½ cup dried Fruit (I used mango, papaya and pineapple cut into tiny cubes!)
  • 1/3 cup chopped Almonds
  • 1/3 cup shredded sweeten Coconut
  • 3 tablespoons Chia Seeds
  • 3 tablespoons ground Flax seed
  • 2 tablespoons Agave Nectar (this is to taste, you can add more or less)
  • ½ tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tablespoon Ground Cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon Coconut oil (or butter)
  • a pinch of Salt
  • 2 cups of Water

Preheat the oven to 325ºF.

In a small sauce pan, add in the prunes, 1 cup of water, the vanilla extract and the agave nectar, cook this on medium heat for about 10 minutes or until it boils.  Once it starts boiling, mash the prunes, (they will be very soft and easy to mash, you can use a fork or a masher,) Mash them until you get a very thick paste, now add 1 more cup of water, mix well, reduce the heat to low, and cook for another 5 more minutes, or until it starts to boil again.

Combine the old fashion oats, with the ground cinnamon, the nutmeg, salt and baking soda, stir well until combined. 

Now in a large skillet, melt the coconut oil, and toast the oats mixture for about 5-8 minutes or until slightly brown... once the oats get some color, now add in the nuts and the almonds, continue to toast for another 2-3 more minutes so the nuts and almonds can get a bit of color as well.  Set aside until you are ready to use it.

Now combine the prune mixture with the oats mixture, mix well until combined, then add in the Flax, the Chia seeds, the coconut and the dried fruit.  Stir everything together until well incorporated.

Pour the granola mixture onto your baking dish, press it down really well, you want this mixture to be firmly pressed and very tight together.  Then bake at 325ºF for 20 minutes.

After 20 minutes, remove from the oven,  and let it cool completely before cutting out the bars. (I let it cool on the counter for 15 minutes, then placed it in the refrigerator for another 15-20 minutes, just to make sure it's really cold before cutting it.) I had some leftover nuts, so I garnished the bars with pecans.