These healthy chewy granola bars naturally sweetened, packed with whole grains, healthy fats and plant protein. They can easily be made vegan and gluten-free as well.
- 1 ¾ cups quick cooking oats
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- 1 cup coconut flakes
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds or flax seeds
- 1 cup pitted dates, roughly chopped *soaked if needed, see note below
- ½ cup creamy natural peanut butter or almond butter
- ¼ cup honey or pure maple syrup
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 3 ounces dark chocolate (optional)
Coat an 8-inch square baking dish with nonstick spray.
Heat oven to 350°F. Combine oats and almonds on a baking sheet and toast in oven for 10 minutes; transfer to a large bowl. Add coconut to baking sheet and toast until golden, 3 minutes; transfer to bowl with oats and add chia seeds.
Meanwhile, process dates in a food processor until a thick paste-like ball forms. Break ball apart then continue to process until paste forms around sides of bowl. Combine date mixture, peanut butter, honey, salt, and cinnamon in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook until combined, about 2 minutes. Off heat, stir in vanilla.
Add date mixture to oat mixture and mix until thoroughly combined (set down the spoon and get your hands dirty, this is a sticky mixture). Transfer mixture to prepared dish and press into an even layer.
In a double boiler (glass bowl set over a pot of simmering water), melt chocolate until smooth, drizzle or spread over bars. Chill bars at least 1 hour before cutting.
Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
*One important thing to keep in mind—if your dates are bit old or dry, consider soaking them in warm water for about 15 minutes before using. Once they have soaked, drain them and use as directed.
Make these vegan: use pure maple syrup instead of honey and use vegan chocolate
Make these gluten-free: Use certified gluten-free oats and use certified gluten-free chocolate
Nutritional analysis calculated without chocolate.
- Serving Size: 1 bar
- Calories: 428
- Sugar: 25g
- Sodium: 79mg
- Fat: 20g
- Saturated Fat: 4g
- Carbohydrates: 55g
- Fiber: 10g
- Protein: 12g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
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