No Bake Apple Cinnamon Date Granola Bars


3 Tbsp Chia Seeds soaked in 2 C of Hot Water

1 Cup chopped Pitted Dates

1 tsp fresh Lemon Zest

Juice from 1 Lemon

2 C water

1 ripe Avocado

1 Cup Apple Sauce (unsweetened)

2 Cups High Quality Oatmeal

1 Cup Coconut Flakes (unsweetened)

½ tsp Salt

1 Tbsp Cinnamon

½ tsp cloves

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No Bake Apple Cinnamon Date Granola Bars

Oct 17, 2022Brian Witmer
Contributed By: Adventures in Freeze Drying: For Beginners

One recipe will heavy fill 1 medium tray or you can divide into two trays for thinner bars*


  1. Put 3 Tbsp of Chia Seed into 2 cups of hot water and set a side
  2. In a heavy saucepan on the stove, add your dates, 1 cup of water, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Cook over medium heat until thick and bubbly.
  3. Once thick and bubbly add 1 C water and cook for an additional 5 minutes stirring frequently.
  4. Add the soaked Chia Seeds to your saucepan and boil on low heat for an additional 10 minutes stirring often.
  5. In a blender or food processor, pour in the date mixture, add the applesauce, avocado, salt and Cinnamon. Puree for 1-2  minutes. 
  6. In a large mixing bowl, measure out oatmeal and coconut, add contents from the blender and mix well. 
  7. Pour onto a lined tray, use dividers set as 20 portion or 40 portion, cover with a lid
  8. Pre-freeze until solid 
  9. Freeze dry (This is heavy, do not freeze dry more than 2 batches at a time)
  10. Store Appropriately (See Tips and Tricks for storage help)


Variations You can add 1 cup of dried cranberries, raisins, or blueberries to the blender before you puree.


Cycle Time:

With trays being pre frozen in a mixed load, my cycle time was about 27 hours.


Not intended


* Large Tray = 8 Cups/tray   Medium = 6 Cups/Tray   Small = 4 Cups/Tray

Cycle times & rehydration for reference only. Your results may vary.

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