PREP TIME 10 mins
COOK TIME 5 mins
TOTAL TIME 15 mins
To avoid the processed granola bars sold at stores I searched for a healthier, homemade version. And this recipe turned out great! Healthy, no bake granola bars with just 5 ingredients and a sweet, crunchy texture. Peanut butter and honey complement each other perfectly in this ideal portable breakfast or snack. And if you look at the nutritional content in amazement and you think that 20 grams of sugar was ridiculous, be aware this is from honey, rather than cane sugar when bought at the store. The only added sugar is the honey – the dates have fiber and thus don’t count against your sugar counting. (unless your a diabetic, don’t know how that works). Honey has 17 grams of sugar per tablespoon and their are 4 tablespoons in the entire recipe. So its less than 7 grams of added sugar per bar. Much better than store bought, hope you enjoy!
Author: Minimalist Baker
Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 10 bars
- 1 cup packed dates, pitted (deglet nour or medjool)*
- 1/4 cup honey (or sub maple syrup or agave for vegan option)
- 1/4 cup creamy salted natural peanut butter or almond butter
- 1 cup roasted unsalted almonds, loosely chopped
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats (gluten free for GF eaters)
- 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. (mine rolled into a ball)
- Optional step: Toast your oats in a 350 degree oven for 15-ish minutes or until slightly golden brown. Otherwise, leave them raw – I just prefer the toasted flavor.
- Place oats, almonds and dates in a bowl – set aside.
- Warm honey and peanut 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 8×8 dish or other small pan lined with plastic wrap or parchment paper so they lift out easily. (A loaf pan might work, but will yield thicker bars.)
- Press down until uniformly flattened. Cover with parchment or plastic wrap, and let set in fridge or freezer 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 freezer to keep them extra fresh, but it isn’t necessary.
*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.
Serving size: 1 bar Calories: 217 Fat: 8 g Saturated fat: 1 g Carbohydrates: 20 g Sugar: 19g fiber: 4 g Protein: 6 g