happy thursday everybody! it's almost the weekend...woohoo! i've been wanting to try my hand at some homemade granola bars for a while now. honestly, i've been putting it off because it requires a food processor and frankly, it's on a shelf in my kitchen out of my reach and just generally a big, fat hassle to use. but, that being said, i had some free time yesterday and made it happen!
what i like about homemade granola bars vs. store bought is that these are completely free of refined sugars! that's great and also they pack a lot of nutrients that the grocery store bars lack. seriously, look at the nutrition facts on your next pack of them in the store and you'll be shocked!
what you'll need:
1 - 1/2 C. rolled oats
1 C. pitted packed dates
1/4 C. sweetened coconut flakes
1 C. peanuts, almonds or any nuts really
1/2 C. peanut butter
1/2 C. dark chocolate chips
1/4 C. honey
1. blend dates in food processor until they form a doughlike consistency
2. add all ingredients except honey and peanut butter to large mixing bowl
3. heat honey and peanut butter for 30 seconds in microwave and thoroughly mix together after heated. pour over other ingredients and mix all together either with a spoon or your hands. make sure dates are evenly distributed.
4. line 8x8 baking dish with wax paper and pour mixture inside. flatten with hands and pop into the fridge or freezer for 15 minutes. once they're ready take them out and cut into bars! so simple and delicious!
hope you guys enjoy these bad boys! i know i did. in fact, i may have eaten two before i got that last picture.