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I have always tried to reduce the amount of refined sweets and chocolates that Yara eats, so I’m always on the look out for a new healthy energy snack to give her. I discovered the Minimalist Baker and was inspired to give their 5 ingredient granola bars a go with ingredients that can easily be found in Turks & Caicos, which is always a big bonus
They’re super easy to make (even your little ones can join in as long as they don’t eat all of the dates) and sooo yummy! There is no need to bake them, however you can (and I highly recommend doing so!) which makes them extra yummy in my opinion.
- 1 cup packed dates, pitted (deglet nour or medjool)
- 1/4 cup honey (or substitute maple syrup or agave for vegan option)
- 1/4 cup creamy salted natural peanut butter or almond butter
- 1 cup roasted unsalted almonds, loosely chopped
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats (gluten free for GF eaters)
- optional additions: chocolate chips, dried fruit, nuts, banana chips, vanilla
The base for these bars is dates.
Begin by blending the dates in a food processor. It should form a “dough” like consistency when it’s ready. I used this small mixer, however if you have something bigger like a Vitamix it will be much quicker and easier. If your dates don’t feel sticky and moist, soak them in water for 10 minutes then drain before processing. This will ultimately help hold the bars together better.
Next, you can chop the almonds using the same mixture to the consistency that you prefer. I did mine quite quickly and rough. It’s optional to toast the oats and almonds in a 350 degree oven for 15-ish minutes or until slightly golden brown and smelling delicious. Otherwise, leave them raw and continue with mixing all of the ingredients together.
Place oats, almonds and dates in a bowl – set aside.
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.
Once thoroughly mixed, transfer mixture to an 8×8 dish or other small pan lined with plastic wrap or parchment paper so they lift out easily. Press down until uniformly flattened. Cover with parchment or plastic wrap, and let set in fridge or freezer for 15-20 minutes to harden.
Remove bars from pan and chop into 10 even bars. Store in an airtight container for up to a few days or in the freezer to keep them extra fresh.
These bars really are the perfect snack to help keep you full for hours. They’re packed with plenty of healthy fats from the almonds and peanut butter, and lots of fiber from the oats. The perfect mid-morning or afternoon snack and great in your little kiddies lunch boxes.