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Granola Bars


Ingredients

  • 1 heaping cup packed dates, pitted (deglet nour or medjool)

  • 1/4 cup  maple syrup, agave nectar, or honey

  • 1/4 cup  creamy salted natural peanut butter or almond butter

  • 1 cup roasted unsalted almonds, loosely chopped

  •  1/2 cup rolled oats

  • 1/2 cup quick oats

  • 2 vanilla beans

  • optional additions: carob chips, dried fruit, nuts, banana chips, shredded coconut, etc.

Instructions

  1. Process dates in a food processor until small bits remain (about 1 minute). It should form a "dough" like consistency or into a ball. Either is fine.

  2. Place oats, almonds and dates in a large mixing bowl - set aside.

  3. 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.

  4. Once thoroughly mixed, transfer to an 8x8-inch baking dish or other small pan lined with parchment paper so they lift out easily. Press down firmly until uniformly flattened .

  5.  Bake on 350 degree F oven for 10-20 minutes or until slightly golden brown and firm.

  6. Allow bars to cool. Remove bars from pan and chop into 10 even bars (or 9 squares). Store in an airtight container for up to a few days. I kept mine in.

You can also crush the bars and use as granola cereal!

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