Ok, so this blog post took me a while to write out because 1. it's in my head and 2. I had to wait for the food shop as I'd used up a few ingredients when I last made this, and I wanted to have some photos to share with you too!
These no bake granola bar squares are DELICIOUS, trust me when I say they won't last long! The good thing is they are quick and easy to make with a few staple pantry ingredients. These yummy squares are healthy until the chocolate chips go in.. which you don't need to use if you are being good.. but I'm all about balance and you can easily switch to dark chocolate chips if you want to!
I say approximately against the ingredients because I do tend to go a bit rogue with the peanut butter and maple syrup than I suggest.. the last batch I done was all by eye so I don’t think you can go wrong with these!
- 250g pitted dates
- 100g maple syrup (or honey)
- 125g natural peanut butter
- 120g unsalted almonds
- 150g rolled oats
- Extras: I add in chocolate chips, dried banana chips, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries. You can add any dried fruit or seeds, or stick with the first 5 base ingredients (which also makes it vegan friendly).
1. If you have a food processor, blitz the dates until they form a dough like consistency, they'll pretty much form a ball. If you don't have a food processor, just roughly chop them up into small pieces like I do (you’ll know when it’s ready as it will become a pile of stickiness!).
2. Chop up your almonds (I just half/quarter some), place in a mixing bowl with the oats and dates. Set aside.
3. In a saucepan, gently heat the maple syrup and peanut butter until warm and fully combined. Then pour over the oat mixture and mix it through with a spoon.
4. If you want to add in extras, mix them in now.
5. Once all combined, transfer to a baking dish or loaf pan - approx. 8x8 inch but it doesn't matter what size really, depends if you prefer them thicker or thinner! I would recommend lining the dish first with film or baking paper so it's easy to lift out. Once in the dish, press down on the filling so it reaches all sides and corners, and it is level. Tip: The more it's pressed makes the bars stick together better.
6. Cover up and place in the fridge or freezer minimum 20 minutes.
7. Remove from the pan onto a chopping board and cut into as many squares as you like. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
There is a reel on my Instagram feed showing me making these, super easy but it’s there for reference!
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