No Bake Granola Bars

No Bake Granola Bars

Healthy, no-bake granola bars with just 5 ingredients and a sweet, crunchy texture. Peanut butter and maple syrup complement each other perfectly in this ideal portable breakfast or snack.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Author: Minimalist Baker

Ingredients

  • 1 heaping cup packed ~220 g dates, pitted (deglet noor or medjool)*
  • 1/4 cup 84 g maple syrup or agave nectar (or honey if not vegan)
  • 1/4 cup 64 g creamy salted natural peanut butter or almond butter
  • 1 cup 112 g roasted unsalted almonds, loosely chopped (see instructions for roasting nuts)
  • 1 1/2 cups 135 g rolled oats (gluten-free for GF eaters)

Instructions

  • 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 (and almonds if raw) in a 350-degree F (176 C) oven for 10-15 minutes or until slightly golden brown. Otherwise, leave them raw - I prefer the toasted flavor.
  • Place oats, almonds and dates in a large mixing 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 8x8-inch baking dish or other small pan lined with plastic wrap or parchment paper so they lift out easily.
  • Press down firmly until uniformly flattened - use something flat, like a wooden spoon, to press down and really pack the bars, which helps them hold together better.
  • Cover with parchment or plastic wrap, and let firm up in fridge or freezer for 15-20 minutes.
  • Remove bars from pan and chop into 10 even bars (or 9 squares). Store in an airtight container for up to a few days. These bars can also be frozen for longer storage.

Notes

Vary the flavours with some of these additions: chocolate chips, dried fruit, nuts, banana chips, vanilla, etc.