Granola and energy bars seem like a wholesome snack but the ingredient list is often very long and full of refined sugar. These are not! I’ve been developing this easy, 6 ingredient, granola bar that comes together quickly in the food processor. No sugar, just oats, almonds, almond butter, dates, water and coconut oil. I like to wrap these in parchment paper and keep them in the fridge. They keep even longer in the freezer This recipe can easily be doubled or quadrupled so that you always have them ready when you are on the go.
½ cup dates (about 12 to 14, pitted and packed firmly into the measuring cup)
¼ cup almond butter
1 tablespoon coconut oil (virgin and unrefined)
1 cup almonds (slivered, sliced, whole, blanched, chopped, whatever you want really)
1 cup rolled oats
Put the dates, almond butter, coconut oil and a pinch of salt in the bowl of a food processor. Blend until smooth, scraping down the sides with a spatula as needed. Add the almonds and oats and pulse until combined. If you prefer the flavor of toasted almonds and oats, you can toast these in the oven ahead of time at 350° F for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Squeeze a pinch of the mixture between your fingers. It should stick together well. If not, add 2 to 3 tablespoons water, pulsing just a little to combine.
Line an 8” by 8” cake pan with parchment paper. Press the mixture out evenly all the way to the edges, flattening the top. Transfer to the refrigerator for at least 1 hour to harden. Turn out onto a cutting board and remove the parchment paper. Cut into 12 even bars. Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator or freezer. Alternatively, these can be made into energy “bites” by cutting them into small squares, pressing them into an ice cube tray or scooping, rolling them into balls and dusting them with cocoa powder.
Are oats not your thing? Try toasted quinoa, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds or shaved coconut. Not really into almonds? How about cashews, walnuts or pecans? Also consider adding a handful of raisins, currants or chopped up dried apricots. Maybe you are really into chia or flax seeds at the moment. Throw a tablespoon of those in. Have at it!