Homemade Granola Bars (Adapted from Minimalistbaker.com)
These homemade granola bars are my go to snack to keep me going throughout the day between patients. They are great because they are quick, easy, packed with energy and the biggest plus is that you can control what is in them. You can get as creative as you want and add in whatever you’d like to the base!
1 ½ cups rolled oats
¼ cup crunchy natural peanut butter or almond butter
¼ cup maple syrup
1 cup Medjool dates (about 10-11 dates)
1 cup roasted unsalted almonds
Optional add ins: handful of dark chocolate chips, pumpkin seeds, coconut, dried fruit, chia seeds, etc etc etc!
- Preheat oven to 180C and line a baking tray with baking paper. Toast oats on tray for 10 minutes. Set aside to cool in a large mixing bowl.
- Process dates in a food processor or blender/Nutribullet (add a dash of water). Add date mixture to the oats.
- Add almonds (and any optional add ins) into the mixing bowl.
- In a small saucepan, heat the nut butter and maple syrup on low heat, stirring constantly, about 2 minutes. Add to oat mixture and combine ingredients, thoroughly.
- Line an 8×8 inch baking dish or pan with baking paper. Add mixture to pan and use hands or spatula to flatten mixture, pressing down firmly to form bars.
- Put the bars into the freezer for 15 minutes to firm up.
- Remove from freezer and chop to make granola bars.
- Store in airtight container either in the fridge or freezer for the week.
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