I am a big ingredients person. And by that I mean nothing bothers me more than when I look at the ingredients on a package and I can’t pronounce what is in the food I’m about to eat.
Something else I can’t stand? When the ingredients list is longer than the line at Disney’s Splash Mountain – anybody who’s been to Disney knows exactly what I’m talking about.
Lately, Bryan and I have been snacking on a lot of granola bars. If you’ve been following our adventures these last few months, you’ll see that we’ve been going on a lot of hikes, scuba diving, camping and paddle boarding – all of which require plenty of snackage. I hate to admit it, but I’ve been buying store-bought chewy granola bars for our outings. But this last week, I decided I needed to change that when I looked at the ingredients list on one of the boxes – namely the high fructose corn devil…
I mean syrup…
Oy vey. 😦
Hey, I saw a problem and I fixed it.
These homemade granola bars are BOMB DIGGITY. In fact, they are so much the bomb, they wouldn’t make it through airport security…
I joke. I joke.
Please take them to the airport, I’m sure they would make the perfect pre and post flight snack. 🙂
Simple Granola Bars
Yield: ~10 bars
- 1 heaping cup packed (220 g) pitted dates
- 1/4 cup honey (or maple syrup)
- 1/4 cup creamy natural peanut butter
- 1 cup nuts of choice – I used a combo of mixed nuts and sunflower seeds, loosely chopped
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)
- optional additions: dried fruit, coconut flakes etc.
- Process dates in a food processor until small bits remain (about 1 minute). It should form a “dough” like consistency.
- Toast your oats and nuts in oven on 350F for 10-15 minutes or until slightly golden brown.
- Place oats, almonds and dates in a large mixing bowl and set aside.
- Warm honey and peanut butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir and pour over oat mixture and mix well, making sure dates are dispensed well.
- Once thoroughly mixed, transfer to an 8×8-inch baking dish or other small pan lined with plastic wrap or aluminum foil.
- Press down firmly until flattened.
- Cover and let firm up in freezer for 15-20 minutes.
- Remove bars from pan and chop into 10 even bars. Store in an airtight container for up to a few days. Grab one when you’re ready for a snack!
Just don’t let the dogs get one…