Vegan, gluten, and sugar free carrot cake granola bars made with sunflower seeds (no nuts!) and sweetened with dates. There's plenty of classic carrot cake flavour here with shredded coconut and spices, but these can be eaten any time of day.
• I haven't yet tested this but I think the recipe will work with about 3/4 cup of spelt flour in place of the homemade oat flour if you don't have a food processor, and store bought almond meal can be used instead of the sunflower meal.
• If your dates are semi dried, soak them in hot water for about half an hour before blending. They need to be soft for the bars to hold properly.
* I've tried this with sunflower, olive, and coconut oil. All work well. If you're using coconut oil you don't need to melt it beforehand, just blend it as instructed.
** These aren't particularly sweet so if you like a sweeter granola bar, add the maple syrup. Otherwise they'll be just lightly sweet.