Granola bar recipe: these cinnamon apple bars are just what you need this winter

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An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but throw in a bunch of antioxidant-boosting nuts and omega-3 packed seeds, and you’ll also be warding off fatigue and those seasonal blues that dreary-skies can bring.

These granola bars contain tangy apple (packed with vitamin A and C to support your immune system) and sweet cinnamon (an anti-inflammatory that promotes the growth of good bacteria for better gut health). Plus, the apple, oats, flaxseed and dates provide the king of nutrients: fibre – which is so important for supporting hormones and controlling blood sugar. 

Winter may be coming, but thanks to these nourishing bars, you’ll be ready for it.



2 apples (any variety), quartered and cored

8 Medjool dates, pitted

½ cup cashew butter 

½ cup almond milk 

2 cups gluten-free rolled oats

3 tablespoons ground flaxseeds

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 


Preheat the oven to 350°F. 

Line a shallow 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper or use a disposable aluminum pan.

Process the apples, dates, cashew butter, and almond milk in a blender or food processor until you have a smooth puree. 

Pour into a mixing bowl and fold in the oats, ground flaxseeds, and cinnamon until well combined.

Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan and press down with the back of the spoon. 

Bake for 30 minutes. 

Allow to cool before cutting into 16 bars. 

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week or freeze for up to 2 months.

Recipe and image courtesy of Vegan Treats by Emma Hollingsworth, published by Kyle Books, priced £16.99. Photography: Jen Rich

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Chloe Gray

Chloe Gray is the senior writer for's fitness brand Strong Women. When she's not writing or lifting weights, she's most likely found practicing handstands, sipping a gin and tonic or eating peanut butter straight out of the jar (not all at the same time).

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