Store-bought Granola Bar ➡ Homemade Granola Bars
Ok y’all…next time you’re at the grocery store, take a look at the ingredients on a few granola bar labels. Unfortunately, most sneak some kind of junk in them making them more like glorified candy bars. When it comes to clean eating, I don’t count calories, macros, etc., but I am super aware of ingredients. Instead of buying your bars at the store, try making this recipe next time!
Side note: These are delicious, but can be a little sticky. Also, I prefer to keep mine in the refrigerator.
1.5 cups gluten free rolled oats (I use @bobsredmill)
1 cup whole almonds, roughly chopped
1 cup (about 8-10) medjool dates
1/2 cup honey (I use @naturenates)
1/4 dried goji berries
2 Tbsp chia seeds
2 Tbsp organic cacao nibs (I use @thrivemarket)
2 Tbsp almond butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
HOW TO MAKE:
-Preheat oven to 350.
-Submerge dates in water for 15 minutes.
-Spread oats and almonds onto a cookie sheet, and roast for 10 minutes. Put into a large bowl when done.
-Heat honey, almond butter, vanilla, and cinnamon in a sauce pan on medium-low heat.
-Remove dates from water, and put into food processor. Process dates until a thick paste forms (it’ll look a little like chunky peanut butter, add a little water if needed).
-Add date paste to sauce pan with honey/almond butter mixture, and stir until combined.
-Pour sauce pan mixture into oats/almonds mixture in the large bowl, along with chia seeds, cacao nibs, and goji berries. Mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon, or hands if it’s cool enough.
-Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and dump mixture on top.
-Use another piece of parchment paper to firmly press into thin layer and compact tightly (about 1/4 inch thick).
-Put baking sheet in freezer for 15 minutes.
-Remove from freezer, and cut into bars of your desired size.