Monday, January 16, 2017

No Bake Granola Bars


I love granola bars, not sure about you......I love KIND bars, KASHI bars (sea salt & chocolate) and even the Nature Valley crapola, the sticky kind.....these are the few pre-made snacks I buy.

Guilty.

I always have a few in my purse for hunger pangs....usually happening while I am driving around 3 pm.

Here is a fabulous recipe for no bake granola bars. Healthy as you want them to be.......I added chocolate chips, just a few, cause I like that little bite of chocolate surprise.

You can use whatever nuts you like......I added in some unsweetened coconut and organic maple syrup........however, I USED SKIPPY PEANUT BUTTER!

Anytime I use it, I get emails "how can use that peanut butter?"...."it's not organic, it's not vegan, it's loaded with sugar and oil; it's made by an evil corporation....blah blah".

I grew up on Skippy, and nothing has happened to me....yet.

If you don't make your own nut butters at home, then please don't email me.

And though I do my best to eat healthy, locally grown, in season only vegetables and non-processed foods.....I do buy commercially made mayonnaise, peanut butter, condiments and cereal.

Guilty again.

I hope you will still like me.

Here's the recipe.......adapted from Minimalist Baker.
These are easy and delicious.

Make 'em.


No Bake Granola Bars:

1 heaping cup packed pitted dates (deglet nour or medjool) (I buy Anna Sarah brand, organic & no sulphur dioxide added)
1/4 cup organic maple syrup, agave nectar, or honey
1/4 cup creamy salted natural peanut butter or almond butter
1 cup roasted unsalted almonds loosely chopped
1 1/2 cups rolled oats (I use Kings Own Brand Organic Oats)
optional additions: chocolate chips, dried fruit, nuts, coconut, vanilla, etc.

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.


Place oats, almonds and dates in a large mixing bowl, set aside.

Warm honey (I used maple syrup) and peanut butter in a small saucepan over low heat.


Stir and pour over the 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, I used the palm of my hand to press down.


Cover with parchment or plastic wrap, and let firm up in fridge or freezer for 20 minutes.

Remove bars from pan and slice into squares or rectangles. Store in an airtight container for up to a few days.


The original recipe recommends keeping in the freezer for freshness. They thaw quickly and are still chewy from the freezer. I liked them frozen the best!

:)

8 comments:

Katie C. said...

Skippy fans unite! Hahaha

The bars look good!

Bebe said...

Thank you, Stacey, for the breath of fresh air. Many of us do not make our own mayonnaise. We really love the Best Foods (Hellman’s where you are) that we were raised on. At least one of us even used it in our restaurants (when it was more expensive than other brands) and caused customers to say “what makes this potato salad (or cole slaw) taste so good?” And I ate half a big Costco box of those Valley cereal bars when they ended up in our house, leftover from a group affair. I find great condiments and prepared items at Trader Joe’s (the latest, their organic low sugar apricot preserves - delicious). It doesn’t make anyone a better or more authentic cook when they start everything from scratch.

End of rant.

These bars sound great. Trying to lose weight so will file for another time. But they do sound so good...

Debby in Tacoma said...

Stacey: Thank you for this great recipe. I was wondering what I was going to use "ALL" that oatmeal from Coctco for. Now I just have to buy that tub of dates, I saw there. You are the best!

Natalia said...

I used to buy granola bars but due to all the sugar, I stopped. These days I occasionally buy a KIND bar or make my own. Love Skippy Peanut Butter (my favorite is Honey Roasted). This recipe looks healthy & yummy. Can't wait to try.

Portia825 said...

I love your recipes and will make this one. But I feel a need to caution that SKIPPY, from what I have seenon their labels and website,, has hydrogenated oils which are not safe for anyone. There is a difference between cooking everything from scratch and eating things that can harm your health. I use many supermarket products but never with hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils.

The JR said...

People who work OR HAVE A LIFE, don't have to make all their own condiments. Jarred PB is fine with me. I'm not making my own mustard either.

Happy week Stacey.

R from MS

Patsy said...

I'm with you, Stacey. Team Skippy!

Linda O said...

I don't make my own condiments either, but there are organic peanut butters out there that are delicious. I'm likely conditioned to unsweetened varieties so I don't miss the sugar, having taken the plunge when my kids were toddlers and not accustomed to my childhood fave, Skippy. Anyway, we really love Trader Joe's organic brand---for what it's worth. This recipe, however, looks wonderful and will be added to my to-do list