On my never ending quest to a less processed food diet, I’ve stumbled upon these amazing peanut butter chocolate chip granola bars. With only 7 ingredients these bars are super easy to make and take hardly any time. Here in Spain I have limited access to certain ingredients, there isn’t a Whole Foods I can run in and buy xanthan gum or any other super specific ingredient. So when it comes to good whole foods the simpler, the better! These bars are free of GMO’s, high fructose corn syrup, preservatives, fillers and other suspicious ingredients found in most bars. Not to mention are packed with healthy fats, complex carbs and natural sugars to help get you through your ride or simply to lunch.
1 cup packed dates, pitted
1/3 cup honey (sub maple syrup for vegan option)
1/3 cup peanut butter
1 cup raw nuts (I used cashews)
2 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (dairy free to keep vegan)
1.Bake oats in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes to give a toasted flavor. (Optional)
2. Pit dates and place in blender or small food processor and mix until they form a paste like consistency.
3. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and dry ingredients oats, nuts, and chocolate chips. Stir dispersing ingredients evenly throughout.
4. Use a small saucepan to warm peanut butter and honey and pour over dry ingredients. Mix all ingredients together.
5. Transfer to a shallow pan lined with plastic wrap and top with another piece of plastic wrap and use your hands to press down mixture until it forms a tight square about ½ inch thick.
6. Leave them covered and put them into the freezer to set for 20 minutes. Remove and cut into 14 bars. Store in an airtight container in the fridge or in the freezer long storage.
Serving size: 1 bar of 12 Calories:220 Carbohydrates:32g Sugar:12g Fiber:5g Protein:5g
PS sorry for the not so pro food photos. I’m by no means a “food blogger” so it means you have to deal with amateur photos but on the other hand it also means if I say something is easy to make, it’s actually easy to make.