Several years ago, I wanted to create a bar like store bought bars, but I wanted it to be healthy and not packed full of ingredients I couldn't pronounce. I experimented with some recipes I found online and finally came up with my own creation. These are handy when you need a little snack or are craving something sweet.
I list the basic ingredients below, but you could always mix it up with different dried fruit or add nuts. Also, the measurements are approximate, you can always adjust to your taste.
To really make these easy, you need to use a food processor and a good mixer. The food processor is integral to getting the fruit chopped up small.
Dried dates (pitted) - 1/2 -3/4 cup
Dried apricots - 1/2 - 3/4 cup
Raisins - 1/2 -3/4 cup
Ground Flax seed - 1 Tbsp plus a sprinkle
Unsweetened applesauce - about 3/4 cup
Banana - 1
Quick oats - 2 cups
Cocoa powder (regular or dark) - 2-3 Tbsp
Vegan chocolate chips - 1/2 cup
Water - as needed
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2) Add the dates, apricots and a sprinkle of flaxseed to the food processor. Mix until the fruit is finely chopped.
3) Add the processed fruit, flax seed, applesauce and banana to the mixer and blend until the banana is mostly mush.
4) Add the rest of the ingredients, except water, and mix. Add water as needed to help it mix and add moisture.
5) Spray and 8x8 or 9x9 glass pan with cooking spray. Add the bar mixture and press in and smooth out.
6) Bake for 30 - 35 minutes. If they are too moist, cook a little longer next time.
7) Cool before cutting. I cut them into squares and store them in the refrigerator.