OH MA GARSH! That’s all I got, OMG! Today’s post~GRANOLA BARS, HEALTHY AND ONLY 5-INGREDIENTS!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Makes 10 bars.
1 cup packed dates, pitted
¼ cup honey (or substitute maple syrup or agave for vegan option)
¼ cup creamy natural almond butter
1 cup roasted unsalted almonds, loosely chopped
1 ½ cups rolled oats (gluten free for GF eaters)
optional additions: chocolate chips, dried fruit, nuts, coconut, currants, vanilla, etc.
Process dates in a food processor until small bits remain (about 1 minute). It should form a “dough” like consistency.
Toast your oats in a 350 degree oven for 15-ish minutes or until slightly golden brown (I’ve toasted the oats and almonds together)
Place oats, almonds and dates in a bowl - set aside.
Warm honey and peanut butter in a small saucepan over low heat or microwave for 1 minute. Stir and pour over oat mixture and then mix, breaking up the dates to disperse throughout.
Once thoroughly mixed, transfer to an 8x8 dish or other small pan lined with plastic wrap or parchment paper so they lift out easily.
Press down until uniformly flattened. Cover with parchment or plastic wrap, and let set in fridge for 15-20 minutes to harden.
Remove bars from pan and chop into 10 even bars. Store in an airtight container for up to a few days. I kept mine in the fridge to keep them extra fresh.
*If your dates don’t feel sticky and moist, soak them in water for 10 minutes then drain before processing. This will ultimately help hold the bars together better.
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