5-ingrediant granola bars

finished and stacked

Ok this post is dedicated to my best little bro Mr. Tumnis. Why you ask? Because after all these years of making fun of my “granola” ways, guess who gets to go live in granola-central for TWO years? Mmmm hmmm. Sweet, sweet revenge.

So, Mr. Tumnis, this one’s for you. Maybe you should make it and then eat your words about my “granola-eating” obsession. Or, just eat the granola bars because they’re that good.

cut em up

These granola bars are all-natural, packed with healthy, energy-boosting ingredients, and they make a dang good mid-morning, mid-afternoon, mid-evening, mid-night (you get the picture) snack.

And the best part about these iddly-diddly little munchkins is that they are made with only FIVE ingredients. (Yes–that did deserve a caps and bold.) Plus, they are ingredients that you can actually pronounce! None of that hydrogenated, modified, corn-starchy crap. Thumbs up for that.

not great

five-ingredient granola bars (adapted from minimalist baker.) 

ingredients: *makes 10 bars

  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup almonds, chopped
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup rolled oats

directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the oats and chopped almonds on a baking sheet and roast for about 20 minutes, until the oats are golden brown and there is a delicious scent coming from your oven…
  2. Soak the dates in some water for about 15 minutes to allow them to get nice and sticky. (If they’re already sticky, skip this step.)
  3. In a food processor, blend the dates until they form a sticky paste and there are no more chunks.
  4. In a small saucepan, melt the peanut butter and honey until it forms a smooth consistency.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the almonds, oats and dates. Pour the peanut butter and honey mixture into the bowl and mix very well, until the dates are no longer in a clump, and everything is evenly mixed.
  6. Cover a 8×8 baking dish with a layer of tin foil or parchment paper, and press the granola mixture into the bottom, until it is evenly spread. Cover and freeze for 30 minutes to allow the granola bars to harden.
  7. Cut into bars (should make about 10) and enjoy!

Note: These store well for a few days in an air-tight container, or keep them in the freezer for extra freshness. They thaw quickly!

almonds

panned

in the pan

granola

Love ya Mr. T.

 

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