Ever since I’ve been changing the way I eat and workout, I’ve been trying to take advantage of less processed foods and more whole foods. It’s definitly hard to make the transition, I won’t lie. But finding a few recipes that work for me is what has been really helpful!
About a week ago I came across this recipe for homemade granola bars. I had everything in the hosue, except for dates, so I just ran to Trader Joe’s grabbed a box of dates and headed home to try it out. I would say it took me about…hmm… 10-15 minutes to make these? Not bad.
Here’s the recipe:
- 1 cup packed dates, pitted (deglet nour or medjool; I used the medjool dates, nice and squishy)
- 1/4 cup honey (or sub maple syrup or agave for vegan option)
- 1/4 cup creamy unsalted natural peanut butter or almond butter (recipe org. calls for salted peanut butter I only had unsalted, still delicious anddd less sodium)
- 1 cup roasted or raw unsalted almonds
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats (toasting your oats is also an option, but not necessary)
- Start by processing your dates in a food processor. I actually don’t have one but I do have one of these. A blender would work too! Once the dates form a mooshy paste/dough, mix the dates with your almonds and oats in a bowl.
- Warm your honey and peanut butter in a saucepan on low. Once mixed all the way through, pour over your nut/oats mixture and combine all the ingredients, breaking up the dates along the way.
- Transfer the mixture into a 8×8 pan lined with saran wrap. Slide them into the freezer for about 20 minutes. Then take them out and slice them up. Transfer them to a sealed container and store in the fridge.
The recipe makes about 10-12 granola bars. You can also add other items to your bars. Next time I plan to add some mini dark chocolate chips and possibly some cranberries or dried cherries.
They are crazy simple and taste great. I bring them almost every day to work and have one as my late afternoon snack when I normally would be craving chocolate or fried food. So it’s a win-win. David even really liked them and every now and then I found him eating them straight from the tupperware. Another plus? It’s cheaper than buying a box of 5.99 granola bars that only come with 6 bars. The dates I bought alone cost 4.99 but that’s allll I had to get. Plus you can make 2-3 batches of these with one box of dates. So 24+ granola bars for 4.99?!? Now that’s just unheard of.