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Easy All Natural Granola Bars

January 25, 2015
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Our family loves granola bars, we absolutely love them. They are a great snack and a perfect breakfast when I am running late to work (which is often). But, store-bought granola bars are filled with tons of sugar, salt, and products that I can’t even pronounce. Even the all natural and organic bars can contain a lot of unnecessary added sugar (my fav is the LARABAR though).

I have been following the Minimalist Baker for a few months now and just love, love, love their food blog. They have some amazingly, easy recipes and many only use a few ingredients! I stumbled upon their blog when I was trying to google some easy granola bars. This recipe came up and we cannot stop making them.

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Easy All Natural Granola Bars

Just start off by toasting your oats and almonds (I like to purchase raw almonds) at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. They should be slightly golden and smell amazing!

Oats and Almonds

While they are toasting you can process your dates in a food processor (about 1 min.). They will actually roll into a ball and have the consistency of dough. Then once the almonds have been toasted and cooled, loosely chop them up. If you forget (as I did on this batch) the bars will have a tough time sticking together. Put the almonds, oats, and dates into a bowl and set aside.

mixing bowl
Next you will want to warm up the honey & peanut butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir and pour over the oat mixture and mix. Once everything is mixed just transfer to an 8×8 dish lined with parchment paper (this lets you lift it out much easier). Press down until flattened and cover with additional parchment paper. Set in the fridge or freezer for about 20 minutes to harden.

Remove the bars from the pan and chop into 10 even bars. I just take mine right out of the pan and cut them on top of the parchment paper. I will then place them into an airtight container in the fridge.

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I usually have to make a double batch because we eat them so fast. They are an absolute hit and so quick to make.

Cost Breakdown:
– Dates $3.52 ($7.99/lb of organic dates)
– Honey: $.69 ($5.49/lb of local honey)
– Peanut Butter: $.21 ($1.89/18 oz of my all natural peanut butter)
– Raw, Unsalted, Almonds: $4.19 ($11.99/lb for organic almonds)
– Rolled Oats: $.39 ($1.29/lb local organic oats)Total cost for 10 granola bars = $9.00 or $.90 each. 

You can definitely save more money if you do not use all organic ingredients. These granola bars are definitely cheaper than your LARABARS (I usually can get them for $1.00/each on sale with a coupon). Plus, you have the satisfaction of knowing where all the ingredients came from.

Enjoy!

 
Easy All Natural Granola Bar Recipe
Yields 10
an all natural, easy granola bar recipe that only uses a handful of ingredients
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Ingredients
  1. 1 c. packed dates, pitted
  2. 1/4 c. honey (maple syrup or agave can also be used)
  3. 1/4 c. creamy all natural peanut butter (or any nut butter)
  4. 1 c. roasted unsalted almonds, loosely chopped
  5. 1 1/2 c. rolled oats (you can purchase them gluten free)
  6. add-ons: choc. chips, shredded coconut, raisins, cranberries, dried fruit, vanilla, etc. I added raisins to mine.
Instructions
  1. Start off by toasting your oats and almonds (I like to purchase raw almonds) at 350 degrees for close to 15 minutes. They should be slightly golden and smell amazing!
  2. While that is toasting, process your dates in a food processor (about 1 min.). They will actually roll into a ball and have the consistency of dough.
  3. Once the almonds have been toasted and cooled, loosely chop them up. If you forget (as I did on this batch) the bars will have a tough time sticking together. Then put the oats, almonds, and dates into a bowl and set aside.
  4. Warm up the honey and peanut butter in small saucepan over low heat. Stir and pour over the oat mixture and mix.
  5. Once mixed, transfer to an 8×8 dish lined with plastic wrap or parchment paper (this lets you lift it out much easier). Press down until flattened and cover with additional parchment or plastic wrap. Set in the fridge or freezer for about 20 minutes to harden.
  6. Remove the bars from the pan and chop into 10 even bars. I just take mine right out of the pan and cut them on top of the parchment paper. I will then place them into an airtight container in the fridge.
Adapted from Minimalist Baker
Adapted from Minimalist Baker
Katharine Rosemary http://katharinerosemary.com/

 

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1 Comment

  • Reply heather January 28, 2015 at 8:52 am

    they look great…I’m going to make some today~

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