Healthy 5-Ingredient Granola Bars

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I found these healthy, no bake granola bars with just 5 ingredients on the Minimalist Baker Website.
The base for these bars is dates, a natural sweetener. Then we add almonds, oats, peanut butter and honey (or maple syrup) and mix it all together! That’s it. Just 5 ingredients and no baking involved.

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 cup packed dates, pitted
  • 1/4 cup honey (or sub maple syrup or agave for vegan option)
  • 1/4 cup creamy salted natural peanut butter or almond butter or any other nut/seed 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.
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. 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)
  2. Place oats, almonds and dates in a bowl – set aside.
  3. Warm honey and peanut butter in a small saucepan over low heat or in microwave. Stir and pour over oat mixture and then mix, breaking up the dates to disperse throughout.
  4. 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.)
  5. Press down until uniformly flattened. Cover with parchment or plastic wrap, and let set in fridge or freezer for 15-20 minutes to harden.
  6. Remove bars from pan and chop into 10 even bars. Store in an airtight container for up to a few days.
NOTES
*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.

NUTRITION INFORMATION
Serving size: 1 bar Calories: 217  Fat: 8 g  Saturated fat: 1 g Carbohydrates: 31 g  Sugar: 19 g  Fiber: 4 g  Protein: 6 g
 
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2 thoughts on “Healthy 5-Ingredient Granola Bars”

  1. I had fun making these. Mine tasted really good. I added dried apricots! We used unsalted peanut butter and raw almonds.

  2. AWESOME! I loved them so much. I even added raw pumpkinseeds in and I decided to use
    unsalted peanut butter!

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