Cereal bars… Healthy & Free From

Cereal bars… Healthy & Free From

Hello all! ๐Ÿ™‚ Better late than not at all! ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ™‚ Another week has flown past and I’ve had even less time to myself than I did previously! I will try to keep posting at least a couple of times a week over the next month but please be patient if I don’t manage that! Please keep liking and commenting and I will ‘eventually’ get round to reading everything! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

The next five weeks will be a very challenging time… probably the most challenging time I have encountered since my chronic illnesses started! That said, now I know how to manage my health better I am hoping (& praying) that I will use my coping strategies to bounce back quickly ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ This recipe was created (as a break from all that was going on)! through trial and error (lots of tasting)! with several tweaks along the way ๐Ÿ™‚ Theย result is aย tasty cereal bar which is light, delicious and flavourful ๐Ÿ™‚ YumYum!ย 


  • 20g coconut oil
  • 20g date syrup
  • 12g maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 60g porridge oats (GF if required)
  • 10g puffed rice
  • 10g desiccated coconut
  • 5g flaked almonds
  • —————————
  • 50g (approximately 7) destoned dates chopped
  • 30ml water
  • 1 teaspoon carob powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ——————————-
  • optional toppings for sprinkling:
  • sesame, desiccated coconut, flaked almonds


  1. Melt coconut oil, date and maple syrups with the vanilla in a saucepan. Cook stirring continuously for 5-10 minutes. The mixture will go a deep golden colour. Test to see if it is ready by putting a drop in a glass of cold water.

    If it floats and sticks together it is ready – you should be able to pick it up and it will be like toffee.

  2. As soon as the syrup mixture is ready, stir in the oats, rice, coconut and almonds. Stir quickly until everything is coated evenly.
  3. Tip into a lined tin and press down firmly and level the top (use a piece of greaseproof paper).
  4. Bake at gas mark 4 for ten minutes.
  5. While the base is cooking, put the dates in a pan with the water.ย Cookย until you have a smooth paste, then stir in the carob and cinnamon.
  6. Take the base out of the oven and carefully spread the date mixture thinly over the top.
  7. Sprinkle over toppings of choice (coconut, nuts, seeds).
  8. Leave to set for 5 minutes then carefully remove from the tin andย cut into bars.
  9. Allow to cool for a further 30 minutes then munch away!
  10. Enjoy!

Serve & Store

  • Fresh from the oven these are crispy and have a slight crunch.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
  • Pack in a lunchbox, a picnic or have as a snack when travelling.
  • Eat as a healthy snack anytime! ๐Ÿ™‚


  • Cath 14th June 2015 at 00:18

    Hope you feel better each and every day and happy you are able to post again! Hugs! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Life Diet Health 14th June 2015 at 22:14

      Thank you very much Cath ๐Ÿ™‚ Lovely to see you over here ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you are well too (as well as well can be)! ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  • Delicious Peace of Mind 14th June 2015 at 07:30

    Wow, these look awesome! I love that you added some puffed rice ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Life Diet Health 14th June 2015 at 22:15

      Awesome indeed thank you Milica ๐Ÿ™‚ Puffed rice is great – I found a crunchier one than I had before and keep adding it to things! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sophie33 15th June 2015 at 19:12

    Ooh waw, you are on a creative way up with all of these mazing tasty recipes & so healthy too! I love the look of these fantastic looking bars! Yummmmmmm! xxx

    • Life Diet Health 17th June 2015 at 22:46

      Thank you Sophie! ๐Ÿ™‚ These are very yummy indeed! ๐Ÿ™‚ Creative ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you! I’m trying my best! ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ™‚ How’s the allotment going… our strawberries are popping up everywhere! ๐Ÿ™‚ ooo strawberries – creativity brain whirring…

      • Sophie33 18th June 2015 at 07:14

        Yes, in the allotment, we had this week: 3 kg strawberries, 1 beet, 40 sugar snap peas, 1 green courgette, 12 first peas! ๐Ÿ™‚ A whole;lot of fresh purple & green basil leaves, 2 big lettuces, purslane, …

        • Life Diet Health 21st June 2015 at 20:49

          WOW! Sophie I so wish I had the time and energy to dedicate to the garden (and at present my cooking, baking and blog)! 3kg of strawberries! WOW! That IS a lot. Sugar snap peas yumyum! My guess is by the time I’ve posted this you’ve had a load of something else! ๐Ÿ™‚ Well done (and hubby too)! ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ™‚ x

          • Sophie33 21st June 2015 at 21:10

            Xxxxx ???

  • Michael 17th November 2019 at 04:20

    This sounds amazing! I had cereal on my list to buy this week, but when I went to the store (the new Earth Fare!) I couldnโ€™t bring myself to spend the money on good cereal. My kids like granola, but they tire of my usual vanilla/cinnamon/maple flavors after a while. Andโ€ฆ I have a bunch of wheat bran in my pantry that we bought on clearance a while ago. Thanks for this recipe!

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 21st November 2019 at 22:59

      Thanks Michael. Let me know how you get on if you make these and what your kids think of them too! I’m intrigued about your store – that sounds like somewhere I’d love! Hope to see you over here again soon!


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