Easy & Delicious Granola Bars
People. Peeeeople. These granola bars are AH-MAZING.
I made them once, on a whim, and I nearly fell out of my chair. So I decided to make them again and actually write down what I used. And they were even better the second time around.
So here we go! First preheat your oven to 350F.
Now… get the goods:
You need some mixed nuts (I made my own mix that was 1:1:1:1:1 of pecans, walnuts, cashews, macadamia nuts, and almonds!), quick oats, dates, an egg, and some chocolate chips if you want them. The chocolate chips are optional!! (Can’t have eggs? See my note at the bottom!)
Blend about 1 1/4 cup of mixed nuts. Don’t overdo it because they’ll turn into a creamy buttery mixture!
Then, purée 6 or 7 pitted dates.
In a bowl, mix the nuts, dates, the egg, and about 1/2 cup of quick oats. I used my hands for this because I’m crazy like that.
Lay down some parchment paper for your mix. I used the parchment paper to create a box shape.
Bake for 10 minutes (for a soft, brownie-like bar) or 15 minutes (for a more firm bar).
If you want to add chocolate chips, you can add them into the mix OR just sprinkle some on top before you put it in the oven! I made half of mine chocolatey so that the baby could have the others.
Both versions (with and without chocolate) were SO GOOD.
Now, if you can’t use eggs because of an allergy, you can add a little water instead (mix until you get a very thick consistency), press the mixture onto parchment paper, and stick it in the freezer to firm! Egg-free and still seriously delicious!
No parchment paper? That’s okay, too. Just use some butter (or a tiny bit of oil) to grease up a baking dish.
If you make these, take a picture and share it with me! On Instagram, tag me @blwideas so I can see your wonderful creation.
6 months and up (as long as no egg or nut allergy)
- 1 1/4 cup mixed nuts
- 6 Medjool dates, pitted
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup quick oats
- toppings/mix-ins (berries, dried fruit, chocolate chips)
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Soak the dates in a bowl of water while you blend the nuts.
- Blend the nuts to a powder (but not to a nut butter consistency).
- Purée the dates to a paste.
- Combine the nut powder, date paste, egg, and oats. Make sure everything comes together nicely! Use your hands!
- (Mix in the mix-ins of choice at this step OR sprinkle them on top after step #8.)
- Place a sheet of parchment paper into a baking dish or onto a baking sheet.
- Spread the mixture onto parchment paper. Use your hands or a rubber spatula to flatten everything. You want it to be 1/2 inch thick approximately.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes. Less time = softer and more flimsy. More time = more firm but still soft.