5-Ingredient Granola Bars

5-ingredient granola bars

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.

Five Ingredient Granola Bars

Ingredients

  • 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.

Instructions

  1. Process dates in a food processor until small bits remain (about 1 minute). It should form a "dough" like consistency, rolled into a ball.
  2. 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.
  3. Place oats, almonds and dates in a large mixing bowl - set aside.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Cover with parchment or plastic wrap, and let firm up in fridge or freezer for 15-20 minutes.
  8. 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:)
http://susannahjohnson.com/5-ingredient-granola-bars/

(Recipe and photo credit to a great cooking blog called, The Minimalist Baker. Check them out!)

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