I originally posted these no bake granola bars in a Back-to-School Snack list but I decided these bars needed a post all to themselves! They are so easy and tasty and have become a family favorite. I try to make one batch a week because not only do the kids eat them for school and after school snacks, the hubby likes to take them to work for his snack too!
5 ingredient No-Bake Granola Bars
I found the recipe at The Minimalist Baker—she had me at 5 ingredients and no bake! I’ve experimented with lots of different add-ins but what we seem to settle on as a house favorite is adding in unsweetened coconut flakes and taking the time to toast the oats for about 15 minutes in the oven at 350 degrees. Sometimes for an extra treat, I’ll add dark chocolate chips–yummy! Other than that and using unsalted peanut butter, I followed the recipe exactly–dates and all!
- 1 cup packed dates, pitted (deglet noor or medjool)
- 1/4 cup honey (or sub maple syrup or agave for vegan option)
- 1/4 cup creamy salted natural peanut butter or almond butter
- 1 cup roasted unsalted almonds, loosely chopped (or any nut of your choice)
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
- optional additions: Coconut, dried fruit, nuts, banana chips, vanilla, raisins, dark chocolate chips, chia seeds 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 in a 350 degree oven for 15-ish minutes or until slightly golden brown. Otherwise, leave them raw.
- Place oats, almonds and dates in a bowl – set aside.
- Warm honey and peanut butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir and pour over oat mixture and then mix, breaking up the dates to disperse throughout. I do this step by hand.
- Once thoroughly mixed, transfer to an 8×8 dish or other small pan lined with plastic wrap or parchment paper so they lift out easily. (A loaf pan might work, but will yield thicker bars.)
- Press down until uniformly flattened. Cover with parchment or plastic wrap, and let set in fridge or freezer for 15-20 minutes to harden.
- Remove bars from pan and chop into 10 even bars. Store in an airtight container for up to a few days. I keep mine in the refrigerator.
I hope you enjoy them as much as we do! If you try them, let me know which add-ins you try.
Never Give Up,