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This recipe is adapted from one of my favorite food blogs minimalist baker who only uses 5 ingredients to make these! I’ve made them so many times for picnics, birthdays, and work events and everyone always raves about them! Peanut butter, honey, oatmeal, almonds, and dates are the foundation. Here in My Savory Adventures, we build by adding coconut and dark chocolate!
Toasting the almonds and oats is an optional step, however it provides a richer flavor and it only takes 10 minutes in 350 degrees F and let cool.
Recommend using a food processor to form the dates into a paste.
In a small saucepan heat the peanut butter and honey together.
Mix it all together with love and care! Add in any kind of dried fruit you desire! We love coconut and chocolate here in this household!
Layer wax paper in glass rectangle baking dish and freeze for 10 minutes and enjoy your date granola bars!
Savory’s Tips and Tricks
- Add in your favorite dried fruits/nut combo (try cranberries, raisins, walnuts, pistachios, pecans)
- Use my homemade peanut butter for extra deliciousness!
Savory’s Pairing Recommendations
Crumble and add to your yogurt bowls or just eat as a tasty snack or for breakfast with your favorite coffee/tea!
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Easy Date Granola Bars
- 1 cup packed pitted dates
- 1/4 cup maple syrup substitute with agava or honey
- 1/4 cup peanut butter, home-made or store-bought
- 1/2 tsp vanilla optional
- 1 cup roasted unsalted almonds, loosely chopped
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats use gluten-free if preferred
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips/chunks
- 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut
- Process dates in food processor until it forms a fine paste.
- Toast oats and almonds if raw (can skip this step) in 350-degree F. oven for 10-15 minutes or until slightly brown. Otherwise leave them raw.
- Place oats, almonds, and dates in large mixing bowl and set aside.
- Warm maple syrup or sweetener of choice, peanut butter, and vanilla (if using) in small saucepan over low heat until combined (2-3 minutes). Stir and pour over oat mixture. Mix until thoroughly combined–use hands if needed. Fold in dried fruit.
- Spread into an 8×8 baking dish lined with wax or parchment paper. Press firmly down until its spread evenly.
- Cover with parchment paper or plastic wrap and place in fridge or freezer for 15 minutes or until firm.
- Remove from pan and cut into 8-10 even bars for serving.
- Store in airtight container in fridge or freezer for 2-4 days (won’t last that long).
- Substitute dark chocolate/coconut with your preferred preference of dried fruits.
- Can use walnuts or pistachios.