mango cashew & coconut granola squares
Snacks are part of life for our busy active families. I don’t mean the ones you grab from the supermarket shelves or in a rush. We prefer making our own for the week ahead. These are a great quick and easy no-bake option and made with 6 real and wholesome ingredients only. Mango can be swapped for another dry fruit (make sure they are just that, fruit and no sulphate or with anything added) and cashews can be replaced with almonds or Brazil nuts if you prefer. Using maple syrup make those granola bars vegan too if that’s important to you.
10 Medjool dates, pitted
150g gluten free rolled oats
50g cashew nuts, chopped
25g dried mango, chopped
25g unsweetened toasted coconut flakes
3-4 tablespoon maple syrup
Prep time: 15mins
Setting time: 60mins
Line a 20x20cm baking pan, ceramic or glass dish with parchment paper.
In the bowl of your food processor add the dates and maple syrup and blitz until well combined and forming a sticky paste.
In a large mixing bowl add all the remaining ingredients and mix.
Add the date paste to the dry ingredients and mix with either a wooden spoon or your hands until well combined.
Press the mixture firmly into the lined dish until even and place in the freezer to set for at least 1 hour until firm.
When ready, remove from freezer, gently take out of dish and cut into bars or squares and enjoy!
the health boost tip
These granola snacks are quite high in sugar but all from unrefined naturally occurring sources and provide a good amount of fibre, essential to a balanced healthy diet.
They are great to make with the kids and letting them be creative with their nut and fruit of choice.
By having homemade snacks readily available for those busy days packed full of sport and activities you’ll ensure your toddlers to teens can only reach for the good stuff!