Almond Oat Granola Bars

homemade granola barsThese granola bars are a great way to get away from packaged foods filled with preservatives and unhealthy ingredients.  They are very easy and very good!  And, best of all, they are ready quickly!  I found the recipe on minimalistbaker.com and the only change I made was using figs instead of dates.  I tried it both ways and liked it with figs the best.  My kids loved them and so did my husband & I.  These can be made gluten free as well.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup mission figs
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1/4 cup natural peanut or almond butter
  • 1 cup roasted unsalted almonds
  • 1 1/2 cup rolled oats (use gluten free if necessary)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Process figs in a food processor until it forms a ball(consistency like dough).  Place almonds in a ziplock bag and use a meat pounder on top of a cutting board to loosely chop the almonds.  When oven is ready, toast oats for 15 minutes (and almonds if yours are raw).  Place oats, almonds and figs into a bowl.  In a microwavable bowl, add nut butter and honey and microwave for 25 seconds.  Pour mixture over oats, almonds and figs and mix well.  Use a spatula to really spread the figs on the side of the bowl to help mix them throughout.  Stir well until it is all uniform.

Line a 8×8 pyrex dish with parchment paper and pour mixture in. Press down with the spatula until all is even and flat.  Place in freezer for 15 minutes to allow the bars to harden.

Cut into 12 even bars.  Enjoy!

Nutrition Info: (Per Bar, makes 12 total): 164 cals, 8g fat, 21g carb, 4g fiber, 13g sugar, 5g protein

 

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