Simple Granola Bars

The key to avoiding inhaling terrible foods all week, necessitating a cleanse/detox/semi-starvation over the weekend to set back to neutral, is being prepared.

These bars help.

Simple Granola Bars

They’re also insanely delicious.

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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.

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Simple Granola Bars

Recipe from Minimalist Baker 

Ingredients
  • 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.
Instructions
  1. Process dates in a food processor until chopped into small pieces. The dates will probably roll into a ball, then it’s done.
  2. Toast oats for 15 minutes in a 350 degree oven or until slightly golden brown (watch them closely). Can also use raw oats.
  3. Place oats, almonds and dates in a bowl.
  4. 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.
  5. Once mixed, transfer to a parchment paper lined 8×8 dish.
  6. 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).
  7. 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.
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