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Date Nut Granola Bars & Crumble (Raw/Grain Free)

Date Nut Granola | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Everytime I make a batch of granola I feel at home.

Date Nut Granola | Tiffany Lane Handmade

There’s something about the homemade version you can’t find in a package.

Love? Maybe.

Soul? Maybe.

Blood, sweat and tears? Hopefully not.

Whatever it is, it’s just so darn good.

Date Nut Granola | Tiffany Lane Handmade

This particular batch of granola isn’t my normal approach, either. No, this one’s a bit different. Sticky. Soft and crumbly. Sweetened only with dates. Oh, it’s raw and grain free, too.

Date Nut Granola | Tiffany Lane Handmade

Normally, I make a crunchy, dry roasted granola with chopped nuts, whole seeds, oats and honey (like this one and this one). Closer to the standard granola we’re all used to.

Obviously, there are pros and cons to each. The dry roasted version will store at room temperature in an airtight container for quite some time, while this one’s best stored in the fridge or freezer. The crunchy version is, well, crunchy, and this one’s got more of a crumbly, soft texture.  The roasted version also requires some baking and stirring time, while this version only needs to rest in the fridge or freezer for a little bit to set.

Now I know I said this recipe makes bars and a crumble type version of granola, but I must warn you, the bars are best stored in the freezer and eaten promptly after you take them out of the freezer. That’s because as they warm, they’ll crumble pretty easily. That being said, these might not be your best bet as a granola bar on the go, but you could most definitely crumble it up into a to-go container and pack a spoon.

It really doesn’t matter how you eat it, it’s delicious, so just eat it however you want to. Deal?

Date Nut Granola | Tiffany Lane Handmade

DATE NUT GRANOLA BARS & CRUMBLE

Ingredients
3 cups nuts (I used 1 cup each of pecans, almonds, walnuts)
1 cup unsweetened, flaked coconut
1 cup pitted medjool dates
1 1/2 cups seeds (I used 1/2 cup each sesame, ground flax, chia) 

1 tbsp vanilla extract

Preparation

Pulse nuts and coconut in a food processor (fits nicely in my 11-cup food processor) just until mixed a bit, then add the dates and let it run until the mixture is crumbly and just starts to come together, about 30 seconds. Next, add the seeds and vanilla extract, and pulse until combined, about 15-30 seconds.

If you want the whole batch more of a crumble, you’re pretty much done at this point. Simply transfer into an airtight container and store in the fridge. For bars, firmly press into a lined baking sheet or dish and freeze until ready to serve. Serve the bars promptly after taking them out of the freezer.

I’d love to know what you think! Leave a comment below letting me you how you like to eat granola.

Date Nut Granola | Tiffany Lane Handmade

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Recipes: Whole Wheat Toaster Pastries + Date Caramel Tart

whole wheat toaster pastry + date caramel tart

I loved pop tarts as a kid.  So many other kids did and still do too.  It doesn’t take much to realize pop tarts aren’t really a wholesome breakfast.  Nor do they even make a slightly decent dessert.  They’re pretty bad from a health standpoint, with too much sugar and too many ingredients I would never have in my pantry.

The alternative? A whole wheat toaster pastry, sweetened with just a bit of honey and natural sugars from your homemade fruit jam.  Now that sounds like a breakfast (and snack and dessert) I want to eat!

whole wheat toaster pastry 1 - tiffany lane

whole wheat toaster pastry 2 - tiffany lane

Thanks to 100 Days of Real Food for yet again, a wonderful, homemade alternative to those pesky processed foods.  Head over to Lisa’s blog for the full recipe (and stick around, it’s a great resource).  Note: I added a touch of honey to the dough and also substituted half of the butter for room temperature coconut oil.  My strawberry jam is simply frozen strawberries and honey to taste, and the best part is that it’s hubs approved, so you know it’s yummy!

date caramel tart 1 - tiffany lane

date caramel tart 2 - tiffany lane

Moving onto my spur of the moment date caramel tart.  It’s delicious.  You should definitely not wait to make this.

It came about because I tend to make a day of baking and creating yummy treats.  The day I made the toaster pastries and strawberry jam, I also made Almond Date Truffles (which I really just made into bars and nixed the almonds, totally awesome, and also hubs approved!) and this date caramel.  Again, totally awesome and hubs approved.  I have to say it was a very successful treat making day!

Well, I had a little extra dough from the pastries and I had just made the caramel, what better idea than to combine the two?

Simply form rustic tart shapes about 3-4 inches in diameter and bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 18-24 minutes, until the top is golden.  I baked just one on the same baking sheet as the toaster pastries.

date caramel tart 3 - tiffany lane

What are your favorite wholesome treats?

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