Sometimes you just want to have something to snack on and sometimes ‘healthy snack’ such as carrots, celery, nuts just don’t sound so appetizing :p To avoid consuming too much of unhealthy stuff, we barely keep any snack at home, except for a bag tortilla chips for our tacos or chili dinner.
I kept feeling hungry while working on a Monday and then I decided that I have to make some snacks for tomorrow 🙂 And here’s a recipe I followed closely to produce this 5-ingredient yummy and crunchy snack bars / granola bars made with almond, rolled oats, honey, peanut butter and medjool dates. No refined sugar added, just natural sweetness from the dates and honey. I don’t think I can go back to on-the-shelf granola bars! Goodbye Cliff Bar 🙂 This recipe can also be modified easily to include your personal favorite ingredients.
- 200g medjool dates, pitted (weighed before removing the pit)
- 84g honey
- 64g creamy natural peanut butter
- a pinch of salt
- 110 g roasted unsalted almonds*, loosely chopped with food processor or knife
- 135 g rolled oats
- *You can purchase raw almond and toast in oven
- **Using kitchen scale is easier rather than cups especially for those sticky ingredients
- Pre-heat oven at 350 F (or 176 C). Line a 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper (to allow easy lifting later).
- Loosely chop almonds with food processor or knife.
- Remove the pit by cutting the dates into half and then put the dates into food processor. Repeat the steps till the food processor are filled up. Press on 'Chop' few times till the dates are rolled into a ball. It will be quite sticky.
- Pour almonds and rolled oats on a baking pan, on a single layer if possible. Bake for 8-10 mins, flip the content around 4th minute.
- Place almonds, rolled oats and dates in a large mixing bowl - set aside.
- Pour the required hone, peanut butter and pinch of salt in a small saucepan over low heat, stir with spatula until it's well combined.
- Turn off the heat and pour the honey+peanut butter mixture into the large bowl.
- Mix all the contents with a spoon (or fork). Try to break the dates. It may look like the mixture is dry but it's not.
- Once thoroughly mixed, transfer the bowl mixture into the lined 8x8-inch baking dish.
- Lay another layer of parchment paper on top and press down the mixture firmly with a flat-bottom glass or bottle, as flat and even as possible. The firmer it is, the better.
- With the parchment paper still covering the bars, place the baking dish in fridge for about 15 mins.
- Lift the parchment paper to remove the bars from the baking dish. Use a sharp knife to cut the bars into rectangles or squares.
- Enjoy! I stored the bars in a ziploc bag in the fridge and I tried leaving them on the counter as well. Up to you :)
Adapted from http://minimalistbaker.com/healthy-5-ingredient-granola-bars/