Easy Recipe: No-Bake Granola Bars

It’s always a good idea to keep a stash of healthy snacks lying around, so you won’t be tempted to munch on chips or dig into a pint of ice cream in between meals.  I make a batch of these granola bars once every few weeks and keep them in the freezer; they’re super easy to make, and satisfying enough for whenever I’m craving something sweet.

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This is a no-bake recipe with just 5 simple ingredients, adapted from the original recipe by Minimalist Baker.  Here’s how to do it:

Procedure:

  1. Put 1 cup dates in a food processor and blitz until it becomes dough-like and forms into a ball.
  2. Transfer dates to a mixing bowl and add in 1 1/2 cup rolled oats and 1 cup mixed nuts and seeds (I use Health Best California Blend because I’m lazy, but feel free to make your own mix or just use 1 or 2 kinds of nuts).  Set aside.
  3. In a saucepan, warm together 1/4 cup honey and 1/4 cup almond butter (I use Barney Butter’s Smooth almond butter) over low heat, and mix until well blended.  Be careful not to burn.
  4. Pour honey-almond butter mixture over date mixture in bowl, then mix well, breaking up the dates into pieces with your mixing spoon so that everything is well blended.
  5. Transfer mixture to a baking pan lined with parchment paper.  Cover with another sheet of parchment paper and press down on it until flattened.
  6. Keep in freezer for about 30 minutes or until they firm up and harden a bit, then remove and chop into squares or bars, whichever you prefer.
  7. Store granola bars in the freezer, and thaw for about 5 minutes whenever you need a sweet snack!

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