no bake granola bars.

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I’m always looking for something healthy and satisfying to eat as my mid morning snack. This recipe for these granola bars looked healthy and fairly easy, so I gave them a try. They came together in no time and were delicious! Just what I needed!

  • 1 cup packed dates, pitted (deglet nour or medjool)
  • ¼ cup honey (or sub maple syrup or agave)
  • ¼ cup creamy salted natural peanut butter
  • 1 cup roasted unsalted almonds, loosely chopped
  • 1½ cups 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Place oats, almonds and dates in a bowl – set aside.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Press down until uniformly flattened. Cover with parchment or plastic wrap, and let set in fridge or freezer for 15-20 minutes to harden.
  7. 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.

 

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81. apricot coconut energy bars.

I’ve had my eye on these apricot coconut energy bars from shutterbean for ages. Finally got around to making them. I was kind of nervous because they were pretty greasy once I put everything all together, but once they firmed up, they were just fine. I was a little short on apricots, but they still are ok.

Thanks for another great recipe tracy!

Here’s what I did:

1/2 cup cashews
1 cup dried apricots
1 cup shredded coconut
1/3 cup rolled oats
2 tablespoons agave syrup
2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
3 tablespoons flax seeds

Line a 8 inch baking pan with parchment paper, set aside. Place cashews in vitamix and process until nuts are evenly chopped, set aside. Put dried apricots in the food processor and process for 3-4 minutes to finely chop. Add coconut, oats, agave syrup, coconut oil, and flax seed.  Process until mixture comes together. Add the chopped cashews and pulse until well combined.

Put the apricot coconut mixture in the parchment lined baking pan and firmly press into pan. Cover the bars and place in a freezer for one hour. Unmold bars, trim ends and cut into even rectangles. Bars will last up to one month if stored in an air tight container in the fridge.

37. granola bars.

I made these granola bars, thinking they would make a great mid-day snack, as they don’t have any added sugar and are made of high energy ingredients. They are super easy and you can definitely customize to your liking.

Peanut Butter Banana Granola Bars
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 bananas, mashed
1/2 cup whole almonds
4 large Medjool dates, pitted
1/4 cup dried cherries
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup rolled oats (use gluten-free if needed)

Preheat oven to 350F. Line wide loaf tin with parchment paper.

In a small pot gently heat peanut butter with mashed bananas. Stir until well-combined. Set aside.

In a food processor, coarsely chop the almonds, dates, and cherries. Transfer to a bowl and mix in the pumpkin seeds and oats. Fold in the peanut butter mixture.

Press the batter into the prepared 8×8 pan. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes. Let cool before cutting into bars.