Rosemary & Cacao Granola Bars

  • Serves 12
  • Prep in 10 minutes
  • Cook in 40-50 minutes

I often have moments when I suddenly think “But WHY must ‘X’ food be that way”.

Which is what happened here.

Granola & oat based snacks are often associated with sweetness, they contain 50% dried fruit & possibly additional syrups or honey too. Now they can be absolutely fine if had in moderation, but portion sizing with these things is never usually accurate I find.

So I thought why not put a spin on the whole thing & ditch the sweetness, instead looking to headily delicious cacao, a hint of fresh herby flavour & many layers of lovely fibrous nuts & seeds. Oh & some oats too.

Key Facts

  • Family Friendly
  • Freezer Friendly
  • High Fibre
  • Sugar Free


  • 1 cup jumbo oats

  • 1/2 cup cooked chickpeas

  • 1/2 cup each pumpkin seeds & whole flaxseed

  • 1/3 cup each raw coconut chips, sesame & chia seeds

  • 1 1/2 tablespoon melted coconut oil

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh rosemary

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

  • pinch of salt

  • 1 1/2 cups warm water


  1. 01

    Preheat your oven to 200C, add your chickpeas to a flat baking tray & toast for 10 minutes. Leave to 1 side to cool & turn the oven down to 180C.

  2. 02

    Add all the dry ingredients except the chickpeas to a large bowl, mix well then add the melted coconut oil & water. Combine thoroughly & leave to sit for 5 minutes.

  3. 03

    Mix again & add the chickpeas, if there is any liquid left at the bottom of the bowl keep mixing until it is absorbed.

    Decant into your tin & smooth to an even 4cm thick layer.

  4. 04

    Bake in the centre of the oven for 40 minutes then turn out onto a flat tray & bake for a final 5-10 minutes bottom side up to crisp up. Leave to cool on a rack then cut into pieces.

  5. 05

    Use within 4 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

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