Homemade Granola Bars

Granola bars are one of those foods we love and eat often in our house, but it’s rare to find inexpensive ones that are actually good for you. So I began to scour Pinterest for some easy homemade versions and I have found one Nate a I really like. The best part is that they are so easy to make and the recipe makes 10 bars! Side note: I did not come up with this recipe. I found it here.

Here is what you will need to make the bars:

1 cup packed dates
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup [real] peanut butter
1 cup roasted almonds
1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats

1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)

We begin with the cup of packed dates. Dates are dried fruit that will help the bars stick together. You can find them at your grocery store by the raisins and other dried fruits. Process the dates in a food processor (a blender will likely work, too) for about a minute until they look like this…

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Place them in a large bowl with the oats & almonds and set aside. Heat up the honey & peanut butter together and stir until it looks smooth. Try not to boil it!

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Pour the peanut butter & honey mix over the oats, almonds, & dates and mix together. You can do this by hand or with a spatula. Just don’t burn your hands on the hot PB & honey! Try to break up the dates as much as possible.

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Next, line an 8×8 pan with wax paper or plastic wrap and pour in the mixture. Press it down until it is evenly flattened.

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At this point I add in my chocolate chips. I pour them on top and then press them down into the mix. Really you can add all sorts of mix-ins… Dried fruit, coconut pieces, other types of nuts… The possibilities are endless! Place the pan in the fridge for 15-20 minutes so the bars can firm up a bit.

Remove the mix from the pan and cut into 10 medium bars. You can store them in the fridge in an airtight container or freeze them for longer life. Yum!

I hope your Thursday is going well! Thanks for reading!

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