The following two recipes I received from my favorite professor of all time. During finals week, she packaged up a little goodie bag for me and included the recipes to her yummy granola bites!

Healthy 5-Ingredient Granola Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup packed (200 g) dates, pitted
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup creamy salted natural peanut butter
  • 1 cup roasted unsalted almonds, loosely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 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 large mixing bowl – set aside.
  3. Warm honey and peanut butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir and pour over oat mixture and then mix, breaking up the dates to disperse throughout.
  4. Once thoroughly mixed, transfer to a baking pan or a cookie sheet with a small lip lined with plastic wrap or parchment paper so they lift out easily.
  5. Press down firmly until uniformly flattened – I use something flat, like a drinking glass, to press down and really pack the bars, which helps them hold together better.
  6. Cover with parchment or plastic wrap, and let firm up in fridge or freezer for 15-20 minutes.
  7. Remove bars from pan and chop into small 1x1x1 inch squares. Store in an airtight container for up to a few days.

*Although not ideal, if your dates don’t feel sticky and moist, you can soak them in water for 10 minutes then drain before processing. This will help them blend better and hold the bars together better. But ideally, you can find fresh, sticky moist dates.

The recipe above is based on a recipe found on:

Healthy Brownie Granola Bars

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped roasted salted almonds
  • 1/2 cup raw walnuts
  • 1 cup pitted dates, soaked in warm water for 10 minutes, then drained
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/8 cup natural peanut butter (add more if needed for consistency)
  • 1/8 cup honey (add more if needed for consistency)

Instructions

  1. Process walnuts in a food processor until a loose meal is reached. Remove from bowl and set aside.
  2. Process dates until small bits remain (about 1 minute). It should form a “dough” like consistency. (Mine rolled into a ball.)
  3. Add walnut meal and cocoa powder in with dates and process to combine.
  4. Transfer mixture to a large mixing bowl and add oats and almonds. Stir to combine. I used my hands to ensure through incorporation.
  5. Next, warm honey and peanut butter in a small skillet over medium heat for 2-3 minutes until combined and pourable. Pour over brownie mixture and then thoroughly using a wooden spoon.
  6. Once thoroughly mixed, transfer to a small cake pan lined with wax paper so they lift out easily.
  7. ONLY USE 3/4 (or less) of the pan so they have the proper thickness. Your goal is to achieve 1” high bars.
  8. Use palms of hands to press bars down firmly.
  9. Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes to harden.
  10. Lift bars from pan and chop into bars. Store in an airtight container in the freezer or fridge to keep them extra fresh. They will get a little sticky when left out at room temp.

This recipe is also based off a recipe found on:

Check out Dana’s blog for more great recipe ideas. She posts awesome pictures of her creations as well!
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