Homemade Granola Bars
Simple, wholesome ingredients come together to create a chewy homemade granola bar that is better and healthier than any store bought bar on the market.
8x8 baking pan
maple syrup or honey
or sunflower butter or almond butter
omit if you are using salted peanut butter
quick cooking or old fashioned
optional add ins
chopped nut, raisins, mini chocolate chips, dried fruit, sesame seeds, chia seeds, etc
Start by being sure your dates are relatively soft. If they are not, soak in hot water for 5 to 30 minutes. Drain off liquid, reserving if needed.
Line an 8x8 or 7x3 pan with parchment paper or wax paper.
Process dates in a food processor fitted with an s blade until a thick paste forms. Add in honey/maple syrup, coconut oil, nut butter, vanilla, and salt. Pulse until combined and creamy.
Add in oats and pulse until just combines and all the oats are moistened well, adding up to 2 tablespoons of the reserved soaking liquid from dates if needed.
Stir in any mix-ins into the batter you desire.
Place mixture into prepared pan. Using mositened hands or a piece of wax paper, spread out mixture as evenly as possible.
Place in fridge or freezer for 15 minutes until set up. Then slice into bars.
Store these bars wrapped individually in wax paper and stored in the fridge.
Be sure to use gluten free oats if you need these bars to be gluten free.
Homemade granola bars will last in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
If you do not have coconut oil, use extra nut butter instead or melted butter.
Raisins can be used in place of dates in a bind, but the bars will not stick together as well.
Homemade Granola Bars https://amindfullmom.com/gluten-free-no-bake-granola-bars/ August 17, 2020