Tuesday, June 13, 2017

5 Ingredient No-Bake Granola Bars!

Hey kids!  As promised in my you tube video...here's the recipe for those easy and yummy granola bars :)  I've been putting them in my husband's lunch...and he's loving them!
I believe that I mentioned in the video that I put pecans in them.  Actually, they were almonds.
But I think any kind of nut or seed would work well :)

Here are the 5 basic ingredients!
You will need:
*1 full cup of pitted dates (I used medjool.)
*1/4 cup of honey
*1/4 cup of creamy, salted peanut butter with no added sugar
*1 cup of chopped unsalted almonds
*1 1/2 cups of rolled oats
**Optional Ingredients: chocolate chips, raisins, coconut, sunflower seeds, etc.

Now you're ready to....
1.  Place your chopped almonds and rolled oats on a cookie sheet and toast them in a 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes. 
**Allow the oats and nuts to cool before blending all of the ingredients.

2.  Process the dates in a food processor until a "ball" of dates is formed.

3.  Place the oats, nuts and dates into a large mixing bowl.

4.  Place the honey and peanut butter in a small saucepan over a low heat. 
You want the 2 ingredients to warm and blend into an easily pourable mixture :)

5.  Pour the honey and peanut butter over the oat mixture...and mix well!
I used a fork to blend in all of the dates...and achieve an even mixture of all the ingredients.

6.  Line a square baking dish with parchment paper. 
Now spoon the complete mixture into the pan...
and press it down evenly into the pan.
**I put some coconut oil on my hands to make this job easier :)

7.  Cover the dish with wax paper...and place it in the fridge for at least an hour.

8.  Remove from the fridge and lift the granola square out of the pan...and off of the paper.
**I let my bars sit in the fridge overnight. 
The whole square lifted easily off of the parchment paper.

9.  Using a large knife, cut your bars any size you wish.
**I am storing my bars in a covered container in the fridge...
but they are going fast!

If you cut the square into 10 bars...each bar will provide 4 grams of fiber and
6 grams of protein!

Great for a snack on-the-go!

Recipe credit goes to www.minimalistbaker.com

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