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Another post in just 2 days? What is happening here? Me finally taking part in Heather’s (Better with Veggies) Meatless Mondays from A-Z. This weeks ingredient was an easy one: D like Dates and I do actually have two different recipes for you.

Using Dates came quite handy since my mom brought home a huge bag of dried fruits from her recent holidays in the Ukraine and I had to use up some of them. Otherwise I would have made the Granola just using dates.

Dried Fruit Granola

dry ingredients:

  • 2 cups 5 grain cereal (or simply old fashioned oats)
  • 1/4 heaped cup dried fruit (you can totally go with pure dates here)
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1/4 cup sunflowerseeds
  • 2 tbsps flax seeds
  • 2 tbsps sesame (optional, I took black for colour difference)
  • 2 heaped tbsps coconut flakes
  • 1 tsp cinammon
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of stevia

wet ingredients:

  • 2 tbsps apple sauce
  • 1 tbsp molasses
  • 2 tbsps agave
  • 2 tbsps coconut oil

(As you can see: Lou really loves ingredient shoots. But she’s more of a crunchy package cat than a date lover – her loss!)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place dried fruit in a food processor and mix until they are chunky (you can also cut them into chunks), do the same with the almonds (or just take slivered almonds if you have some at hand). Add the other dry ingredients and mix well.

Place a pot on the stove and fill with the wet ingredients. Heat them up while stirring.
Combine dry and wet ingredients, stir until all dry ingredients are beautifully coated.

Spread the mixture on a baking sheet with baking paper and place in the oven for 20-30 minutes. Flip the granola every 10 minutes and check for desired grade of goldness. Take out of the oven as soon as you like and leave on the baking sheet until cooled down. Store in an airtight container.

This Granola is delicious with some soy yogurt, nut milk or kefir (my favorite) or just out of the jar, into your mouth (I turn a blind eye to everyone grabbing a second handful…). But you can also make another delicious recipe using the Granola as a base.

Granola Peanut Butter Cups

  • 1/4 cup granola
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 bar dark chocolate
  • 16 small muffin forms (praliné forms)

Melt the peanut butter. Fill each muffin form with 1/2 tsp granola and pour 1/2 tsp of the melted peanut butter over it.

Place the forms in the freezer for 20 mins. Melt the dark chocolate and pour 1 tsp dark chocolate over the granola-peanutbutter bottom.

Place in the freezer for another 20 mins. Store in the fridge. This makes a perfekt tiny dessert that is totally guilt free (as long as you do not empty the whole box… after grabbing two handful of pure granola *chmchm*).

A great date-y alteration would be to replace the granola with a raw bottom made of:

  • 2 tbsp Cashews or Almonds
  • 2 tbsp Dates

Processed down to a paste in a food processor or mixer and pressed firmly into the cups as a first layer. Step 2 and 3 are identical.

I hope you enjoy this recipes and now I will head over to the other Meatless Monday posts for some more inspiration what to do with my huge bag of dates and dried fruits.