My friend Nancy gave me this recipe for 5-ingredient granola bars, and it is a keeper! They are sweet, delicious, and healthy! What more could you ask for?!
Grab-and-go snacks are super convenient, but most of the bars out there are filled with junk-y, health-sabotaging ingredients. Finally, here is a recipe for an easy-to-make, clean energy bar. Wrap one up in a piece of foil and take it on your next outing.
- 1 heaping cup packed dates, pitted (i like medjool)
- 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
- 1/4 cup creamy salted natural peanut butter or almond butter
- 1 cup roasted unsalted almonds, loosely chopped
- 1 1/2 cups gluten-free rolled oats
- optional additions: chocolate chips, dried fruit, nuts, banana chips, vanilla, etc.
- Process dates in a food processor until small bits remain (about 1 minute). It should form a "dough" like consistency, rolled into a ball.
- Optional step: Toast your oats (and almonds if raw) in a 350 degree F (176 C) oven for 10-15 minutes or until slightly golden brown. Otherwise, leave them raw - I prefer the toasted flavor.
- Place oats, almonds and dates in a large mixing bowl - set aside.
- Warm honey and nut butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir and pour over oat mixture and then mix, breaking up the dates to disperse throughout.
- Once thoroughly mixed, transfer to an 8x8-inch baking dish or other small pan lined with plastic wrap, foil, or parchment paper so they lift out easily.
- Press down firmly until uniformly flattened - use something flat, like a drinking glass, to press down and really pack the bars, which helps them hold together better.
- Cover with parchment or plastic wrap, and let firm up in fridge or freezer for 15-20 minutes.
- Remove bars from pan and chop into 10 even bars (or 9 squares). Store in an airtight container for up to a few days or in the freezer for 3 months....but they will never last that long:)
(Recipe and photo credit to a great cooking blog called, The Minimalist Baker. Check them out!)