Maple, pecan and apple bars
About this recipe
Add a spicy kick of cinnamon and cardamon to your Lizi’s low sugar maple and pecan granola with our recipe for these no-bake bars. Our satisfying treats are completely plant-based – a boost for anyone looking to increase the range of plants in their diet – and packed full of fibre. What’s more, you can enjoy them anytime, anywhere, so whether you’re taking a break from work or getting out amid nature, you can always pull out a homemade snack that’s good for your gut and for your soul.
- 3 regular sized eating apples
- 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch dissolved in 3 tablespoons cold water
For the base and top layer
- 250g maple and pecan low sugar granola
- 175g ground almonds
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
- Pinch sea salt
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
- 100ml unsweetened almond or other milk
- Line a 20cm x 20cm baking tin with two pieces of parchment paper and a little overhang on two sides.
- Remove the core from the apples but keep the skin on and slice into inch size chunks.
- Add to a saucepan with 2 tablespoons of maple, vanilla extract and cornstarch water mixture.
- On a low-medium heat bring to a gentle simmer and cook for 15 mins until the apples have really softened and absorbed the liquid, stirring regularly to avoid sticking to the base of the pan. Add a little more water if you need.
- Remove from the heat and using the back of a wooden spoon press to create a chunky sauce. Transfer into a bowl to cool.
- Add the granola, ground almonds, cinnamon and cardamom plus sea salt to a large bowl and give it a stir to mix evenly.
- Add 3 tablespoons of maple syrup, melted coconut oil and milk and stir with a wooden spoon to combine the mixture. The mixture should combine but not be too sticky.
- Transfer 2/3 of this mixture to the baking pan and press evenly and firmly with back of a metal spoon and your fingers to create the base.
- Spoon the apple mixture on top and then use the remaining 1/3 of the granola mix and crumble over evenly.
- Press again fairly firmly to even out. You will have some of the apple mixture showing.
- Place in the fridge for 5-6 hours or overnight to set.
- Remove using the parchment paper and cut into 12 squares. Store in a container back in the fridge. These should keep for up to 5 days.