Updated: Mar 6
You'll be surprised at how easy these granola bars are to make. Dump all the ingredients into a food processor and that's it!
They are loaded with fiber, protein and healthy fats and make a delicious and satisfying snack.
Make a batch on the weekend and you'll have a healthy, tasty treat for lunches throughout the week.
1 cup nuts and/or seeds (ie. walnuts, pecans, almonds, sunflower, pumpkin, hemp, flax or chia seeds, peanuts, etc.)
2 cups dates
½ cup oats
2 tbsp sweetened (or unsweetened) coconut
½ cup dried cranberries
1 cup peanut butter (or your favourite peanut butter alternative)
Put nuts and/or seeds into a food processor, and pulse until crumbly.
Add dates, oats and coconut, and blend together.
Add remaining ingredients, and pulse until it comes together like a dough.
Pour out into a 9"x13" pan (lined with parchment paper). Press evenly and firmly so it sticks together.
Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before cutting.
Optional: drizzle with melted chocolate.
Use this recipe as a guide
choose nuts, seeds and nut butter you like, or what you have in your pantry
you can also substitute the cranberries for raisins or apricots.
These granola bars could also be rolled into energy balls.
Janine LaForte, RD
REAL LIFE NUTRITION