Healthy, no bake granola bars with a sweet, crunchy texture. Peanut butter and maple syrup complement each other perfectly in this ideal portable breakfast or snack. Once you start making your own bars and see how easy it is…you’ll never buy a pre-packaged one again. Go ahead and make these today. They’re delicious and always a big hit!
Adapted from the Minimalist Baker
Makes 10-12 bars
Prep time: 10-12 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
1 cup packed dates, pitted (soaked for 10 minutes)
1/4 cup maple syrup or less
1/4 cup natural peanut butter or almond butter
1 cup almonds, roughly chopped
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
¼ cup pumpkin seeds, plus 1 tablespoon to sprinkle on top
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice*
½ teaspoon cinnamon,
pinch of nutmeg
¼ cup raisins or dried unsweetened cranberries
Other mix in ideas: vegan mini chocolate chips, shredded coconut, other dried fruits or sunflower seeds.
*Chef Note: Don’t sweat the pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and nutmeg work just as well.
Process dates in a food processor until small bits remain (about 1 minute). It should form a “dough” like consistency.
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 the maple syrup 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.
Press down until uniformly flattened. Cover and let set in fridge or freezer for 15-20 minutes to harden.
Remove bars from pan and chop into 10-12 even bars. Store in an airtight container for up to a few days and enjoy!