No bake healthy granola bars

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Adapted from The Minimalist Baker, these no bake granola bars are so easy to make that it actually makes them dangerous.* Sure, one may be healthy when you consider that it doesn’t have any of the white sugar or butter that usually lurks in ‘healthy’ breakfast bars, but when you make your way through half of the batch in less than three hours I’m not sure that it really remains the case. Which is what I did, and then very promptly regretted…

Packed with good fats and proteins from the double whammy of nut butter (use whole, organic ones that don’t have any added salt or palm oil) and raw nuts, these bars give you lots of energy and are perfect for on the go. If maple syrup is used in stead of honey, then they are suitable for any of you readers who may be vegan. I can’t ever get enough of sweet/salty combinations which is why I added more honey and salt on at the very last minute, but if that isn’t really your vibe then you can just omit the salt.

*(I actually doubled the amount of nut butter and honey that the Minimalist Baker used, as I found without it that the mixture was very dry, but if you want to keep it healthier then you could use the original 1/4 cup measurements.)

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(Because I had it in my head that I wanted to make granola bars, and my greed didn’t leave much room in my head for foresight, I forgot to convert the American measurements into British. Sorry!)

Makes 8-10 bars, depending on how you cut them!

  • 1 1/2 cups oats
  • 1 cup whole almonds, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup nut butter (I used a 3 nut butter that has cashews, peanuts and hazelnuts)
  • 1/2 cup honey/maple syrup
  • 1 cup pitted medjool dates
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp coconut oil (optional)
  • 1 tsp salt

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  1. Put the dates in a food processor and blitz until they are very finely chopped – roughly one minute.
  2. Pour half of the dates into a big bowl with the oats and roughly chopped almonds.
  3. In a small saucepan, warm the honey/maple syrup with the peanut butter and the remaining dates. Add a tiny dash of water to loosen it up even more, then stir in the salt and cinnamon.
  4. Pour this wet mixture over the oats and dates and stir until everything is fully combined.
  5. Press the mixture down into a square tin, lined with parchment paper for easy removal.
  6. Drizzle with a little more honey, then a sprinkling more salt.
  7. Pop in the freezer for 20 minutes, then cut into bars.

 

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