When you make your own healthy granola bars you get to know exactly what’s in them. These are packed with wholesome rolled oats, nuts, dates, tart cherries, and just about a teaspoon of honey per serving for sweetness. They’re a great treat to make and keep in the freezer—just pop them out to defrost quickly on the counter when you want them.
- 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 cup raw whole almonds, roughly chopped
- 1/3 cup raw pepitas
- 1 cup chopped pitted dates (6 oz.), fresh or dried
- 1/2 cup smooth natural peanut butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup dried tart cherries, chopped or dried cranberries
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8-inch square metal baking pan with parchment, letting the edges drape over the sides.
- Spread oats, almonds, and pepitas on a large-rimmed baking sheet. Bake until golden and toasted, about 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, blend dates in a food processor until broken up into smaller pieces, about 1 minute. Add peanut butter, honey, and vanilla and process, scraping as needed, until just combined with the dates, about 10 seconds. Scrape into a large bowl.
- When the toasted oat mixture has cooled enough to touch comfortably, add it along with cherries, cinnamon, and salt to the date mixture in the large bowl; mix with a spatula until combined. If necessary, use your hands to make sure it is combined.
- Firmly press the mixture into the prepared pan and place in the freezer until firm, about 20 minutes.
- Remove from the freezer and lift the block of granola bars from the pan and place on a cutting board. ut the bars in half. Then cut into 1 ½ inch bars, 5 per side.
Tips for Success: When you press the bar mixture into the pan make sure to press down firmly. Use the back of a spoon or a flat-bottomed glass to press down. Freezing before cutting helps the bars hold together when you cut them. Alternatively, wrap them tightly and refrigerate overnight before cutting.
Make Ahead: Toast the oat and nut mixture and store in an airtight container for up to 3 days before making the bars.
Storage: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to one month.
- Cook Time: 40 minutes
- Category: Snacks
- Method: Baked
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1 bar
- Calories: 320
- Sugar: 28 g
- Fat: 13 g
- Carbohydrates: 46 g
- Fiber: 6 g
- Protein: 8 g
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