I’ve been wanting to make some homemade granola bars for quite some time now and I decided after 3 cups of coffee this morning that today was going to be the day that I made them! I’m of the belief that if I can make it on my own at home… I have no need for store bought anymore.When you see just how quick and easy these granola bars are to make, you’re going to completely agree with me! Seriously, if you’ve got 30 minutes, you’ve got just enough time to whip some up. One of my favorite things about making things like this at home versus buying it from a store is this: you know exactly every single ingredient that you put in it. You don’t have to worry about preservatives, additives, and chemicals all in the name of “preserving” your food.
You can eat these guilt free and know that they’re homemade and a lot healthier for you and your family. I don’t know about you, but that makes me HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY! 🙂 Feel free to flavor these however you want. I bought a bag of organic dried fruit for Gaby a couple weeks ago and decided to use some of that fruit to flavor my bars, along with some pecans and pumpkin seeds. I’m so glad I did because they turned out so YUMMY! I think the next time I make these, I’m going to add chocolate chips… chocolate and oats might be my gate way to getting Gaby to eat something somewhat healthy from time to time!
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Fruity & Nutty Granola Bars
Who needs store bought when you can make your very own HEALTHY granola bars in under 30 minutes?! These bars a perfect snack for any day of the week! They're VEGAN and can be made GF, too!
- 1 cup packed pitted dates
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup nut butter (I used creamy peanut butter)
- 1 cup roasted chopped pecans
- 1 1/2 cups GF or regular rolled oats (roast in the oven for 10 – 15 minutes at 350 degrees for more flavor; optional)
- 1/2 cup roughly chopped dried fruit
- 1/4 cup roughly chopped raw pumpkin seeds, optional
- pinch of salt
- Grease and line a 8×8 inch pan with parchment paper. Allow the paper to come up the sides just a bit for an easy way to take the bars out. Set aside for a few minutes.
- In a blender or food processor, blend the dates until a dough like consistency forms. This takes about a minute.
- In a small saucepan on low heat, melt the nut butter and maple syrup.
- Add the blended dates, pecans, oats, dried fruit, raw pumpkin seeds and salt to a mixing bowl. Mix together well. Then pour the nut butter/maple syrup mixture on top and stir with a wooden spoon until it all comes together.
- Press the fruity/nutty mixture into your prepared pan. Cover the top with a little plastic wrap and put in the freezer for 20 minutes to harden.
- Remove the bars from the pan and cut into 10 pieces. Store in an air tight container for several days or store in the freezer for longer shelf life.
This recipe was loosely adapted from the Minimalist Baker.