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Granola Bars

Granola Bars

Ingredients

1 cup packed dates
1/4 cup flavored Sweets by the Creek honey (I’ve used Coal Miner’s Berry flavored and East Meets West Honey; want to try pumpkin! All delicious!)
1/4 cup creamy salted natural peanut butter
1 cup roasted unsalted almonds, loosely chopped
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
optional additions: chocolate chips, dried fruit, nuts, banana chips, vanilla, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds or whatever you like!

Directions

Process dates in a food processor until small bits remain (about 1 minute). It should form a “dough” like consistency. (mine rolled into a ball). Optional step: Toast your oats in a 350 degree oven for 15-ish minutes or until slightly golden brown. Otherwise, leave them raw – I just prefer the toasted flavor.

Place oats, almonds and dates in a bowl – set aside.

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.

Once thoroughly mixed, transfer to an 8×8 dish or other small pan lined with plastic wrap or parchment paper so they lift out easily. (A loaf pan might work, but will yield thicker bars.)

Press down until evenly flattened. Cover with parchment or plastic wrap, and let set in fridge or freezer for 15-20 minutes to harden.

Remove bars from pan and chop into 10 even bars. Store in an airtight container for up to a few days . I kept mine in the fridge to keep them extra fresh as these bars are preservative free.