Granola Bar in a Jar

Granola Bar

My awesome mother-in-law and I went to a Washington, D.C. farmer’s market the other day and I found some organic blueberries that were one sixth of the price of blueberries in our local grocery store.  So I went ahead and bought about six times my normal amount of blueberries–a full three quarts!  What to do with all of these fresh, organic blueberries?  I made this simple whole food plant-based dessert.  The oats are sweetened with home made date syrup (see below).

The granola layer is chewy and sweet.  No baking!
The granola layer is chewy and sweet. No baking!

No-Bake Blueberry and Coconut Chewy Granola Bar in a Jar

Ingredients:

12 dates small dates (or 6 large Medjool), pitted and roughly chopped

1 Teaspoon cinnamon

Pinch fresh lemon zest

3 Cups oats (whole or quick oats)

1/2 Cup soy or other plant-based milk

1 Cup fresh blueberries

2 Teaspoons unsweetened shredded coconut

To make the date syrup:

Boil the chopped dates in 2 cups of water for 10 minutes.  Pour the dates and water into the bowl of a food processor.  Add the cinnamon and pinch of lemon zest.  Process on high until smooth.

To make the oat filling:

The fresh, organic blueberries really make this dessert!
The fresh, organic blueberries really make this dessert!

In a large bowl combine the batch of date syrup with the soy or other plant-based milk and the dry oats.  The oats should absorb all of the liquid.  If the mixture is too wet, add some more oats.  If it’s too dry, add a little more soy milk.

To assemble the granola bars:

In two glass jars (or other clear cups or bowls), spoon a little of the oat mixture followed by a sprinkle of blueberries, more oats, more blueberries, and a last layer of oats.  Top with the coconut and enjoy!  Will keep covered and refrigerated for a day or two.

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