The key to avoiding inhaling terrible foods all week, necessitating a cleanse/detox/semi-starvation over the weekend to set yourself back to neutral, is being prepared.
These bars help.
They’re also insanely delicious.
They could not be easier to make and are truly guilt-free. Unless you eat all of them at once. Then maybe you should feel a little guilty. Still forgivable.
Make these on Sunday and start your week off right … at least until Monday lunch hunger sets in.
Simple Granola Bars
Recipe from Minimalist Baker
- 1 cup packed dates, pitted
- 1/4 cup honey (or pure maple syrup)
- 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
- 1 cup roasted unsalted almonds, roughly chopped
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- optional: chocolate chips, dried fruit, more nuts, vanilla, etc.
- Process dates in a food processor until chopped into small pieces. The dates will probably roll into a ball, then it’s done.
- Toast oats for 15 minutes in a 350 degree oven or until slightly golden brown (watch them closely). Can also use raw oats.
- Place oats, almonds and dates in a bowl.
- Warm honey and peanut butter in a small saucepan over low heat (or microwave for a minute). Stir and pour over oat mixture and mix, breaking up the dates to disperse.
- Once mixed, transfer to a parchment paper lined 8×8 dish.
- Press down until uniformly flattened. Cover with parchment or plastic wrap, and let set in fridge for 15-20 minutes to harden (I usually leave it overnight).
- Remove bars from the pan by lifting from the parchment paper overhang. They should come out easily. Cut into bars – as large or small as you’d like. I got 17 bars out of my batch. Store in an airtight container. They will last for at least a week.