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Orange Creamsickle Breakfast bars in a stack

Oil Free, Sugar Free, Orange Creamsicle Granola Bars, Vegan, Gluten Free

Gluten Free, Citrus infused, Nutty oat bars of yumminess that leave you feeling right with the world.

Course Breakfast, Snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8 people

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Rolled Oats
  • 2 cups nuts, I used a mix of Macadamia, Almond and Cashew toast them if you have time for extra flavor.
  • 1 cup dried fruit, I used apricots and cherries but any will do chopped if needed.
  • zest from two oranges, or use the julienne peeler recommended above for a more assertive orange taste.
  • 1/4 cup flax seeds
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup aquafaba, liquid left over fro cooking legumes, see above the recipe for my link to my Aquafaba page.
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 pitted dates

Instructions

  1. Heat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. 

    I used a s 9 X 15 inch pan. If your baking pan is not non stick then line with parchment or lightly oil. 

    Chop your nuts and fruit.

  2. Place your oats, nuts, citrus zest and dried fruit in a large bowl. 

    In your blender blend the rest of your ingredients flax through dates. Blend until you have a smooth thick liquid and then pour over the oats and nuts. Massage through and allow to sit five minutes.

  3. Press the mixture into your baking pan, really getting into the corners. I place a sheet of parchment or plastic wrap over the top and press down on that with a short rolling pin or can of beans so the whole thing is really smooth and compressed. This helps the bars stick together. 

  4. Bake for one hour in the middle rack. Remove form the oven and allow to cool completely before slicing or they will crumble. Alternately you can break it into chunks and use as granola.