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
- 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.
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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