GRANOLA BARS

Granola Bars

Based on a recipe from the minimalistbaker.com
Course: <= 30 Min to Table, Snacks, Vegetarian
Servings: 10 servings
Author: Catherine Christiano

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pitted dates heaping cup, packed
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or agave nectar or honey
  • 1/4 cup creamy salted natural peanut butter or almond butter
  • 1 cup roasted, unsalted almonds roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats

Optional Additions

  • chocolate chips
  • dried fruit
  • nuts
  • banana chips

Instructions

  • Add dates to work bowl of food processor. Process until dough-like consistency and small bits remain.
  • In 350°F oven, toast oats 10 - 15 minutes, until slightly golden.
  • In large mixing bowl, add processed dates, toasted oats, and almonds.
  • In small saucepan, over low heat, warm maple syrup (or agave or honey) and peanut butter. Pour over mixture in bowl. Mix until ingredients are evenly dispersed.
  • Line 8 x 8 inch baking pan with plastic wrap or parchment so it overhangs sides.
  • Transfer granola mixture to lined pan. Cover with sheet of wax paper and press down with hand to form uniform and even layer.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for 15 - 20 minutes until firm.
  • Transfer bars from pan to cutting board; cut into 10 bars. Store in airtight container.