Homemade Granola Bars

Homemade Granola Bars

Homemade Granola Bars

If you follow along on Instagram you might remember these bomb homemade granola bars I posted a while back! If you like simple + healthy and have a schedule busier than the Kardashians than these are for you. I love how these bars cure my afternoon sweet tooth or keep me satisfied between meals!

Prep time | 10 min  Cook time | 15 min  Total time | 25 min

Homemade Granola Bars

Homemade Granola bars

Homemade Granola bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup packed dates, pitted
  • 1/4 cup agave (or honey)
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup almonds, chopped or sliced (I use sliced)
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • optional: chocolate chips, dried fruit, nuts, banana chips, etc -- Momma J and I have added mini chocolate chips and they are great! I personally prefer them without the chocolate!

Instructions

1 | Optional step: Toast your oats + cinnamon for 15 minutes in a 350 degree oven -- or until slightly golden brown.

2 | Process dates in a food processor until small bits remain (about 2 minutes); it should form a dough-like consistency. If your dates don't feel sticky, add a tablespoon of water while processing - this will help hold the bars together better. Place oats, almonds and dates in a bowl - set aside.

3 | Heat agave, vanilla and peanut butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir and pour over oat mixture and then mix until all ingredients are evenly dispersed.

4 | Once thoroughly mixed, transfer to a small pan lined with plastic wrap. Lining the pan with plastic wrap (or parchment paper) will allow the granola bars to lift out easily.

5 | Press down until flattened; I use a book to ensure the bars are packed tightly. Cover with plastic wrap, and set in freezer for 25 minutes to harden.

6 | Remove bars from pan and chop into 10 even bars. Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer for up to a week.

Homemade Granola Bars

Homemade Granola Bars

Homemade Granola Bars

Homemade Granola Bars

Homemade Granola Bars

Homemade Granola Bars

Homemade Granola Bars

Homemade Granola Bars

Homemade Granola Bars

Homemade Granola Bars

Homemade Granola Bars

Homemade Granola Bars

Homemade Granola Bars

Homemade Granola Bars

Homemade Granola Bars

Homemade Granola Bars

I adapted this recipe from the 5-ingredient no-bake granola bar recipe found at the Minimalist Baker! Check her out, she has fantastic recipes for women (& men) on the go!

xo,

Merrissa