I`ve decided to skip the obligatory WordPress post called “Hello World”. What can be more effective for your first readers, than a recipe that I enjoy preparing and that is a huge success with your friends. So, instead of Welcome, I give you …. No Bake Granola Bars.
I suppose we all enjoy and adore the delicious bars we find in stores. From Snickers and Mars to “healthy bars” as promoted, from the shelves of the supermarkets. Unfortunately, even the latter, which are promoted to be healthy, contain, preservatives, dyes, but especially SUGAR. Sugar in industrial amounts. So, although you may imagine that you grab a quick healthy snack in a break at work, you ingest the daily recommended sugar intake, in just one bar.
From this disappointing perspective, I decided to prepare a light and actually healthy version of this delicious snack. We take it as a post workout snack, but it can easily be served as breakfast, snack or why not, dessert!
The process of adapting a normal, traditional recipe to a clean version of it, might seem complicated, but, in fact it`s actually easy once you get the hang of it. For us, it has become a lifestyle and I`m gonna share all my secrets with you. In time. The recipes I am going to post on this blog are healthy, delicious and will make your transition a lot easier.
Per se, the concept of Clean Eating is an extremely simple one. Today, all diets that make the headlines are based on “eat more” or “eat less” of some kind of food or food group, like less carbs or more protein, gluten free, or vegan. Clean Eating is all about a balanced, simple lifestyle, that suggests you should eat whole foods, unprocessed, unrefined, as close to the way nature made it. Clean-Eating is not a diet. It`s a lifestyle that focuses on unproccesed foods and preparing it in the most healthy and easy way possible, for the overall improvement of your body.
The star ingredient of the No Bake Granola Bars recipe is dates. That`s right! DATES.
I don`t know if your up to date with this information, I know I wasn`t and I was not a big fan either, but dates are extremely important in a balanced diet. The benefits of dates are countless, especially as they are a huge source of fibers. Also, they contain minerals(calcium, iron, sulfur, potassium and magnesium) and vitamins (a, B`s, and Vitamin K). And, maybe the most important aspect for us right now, they work as a binding agent of our ingredients, in a low fat snack, while sweetening the bars, acting like a sugar substitute. Case closed!
The rest of the ingredients are peanut butter, oatmeal and almonds. Yes. That`s it! And, on top of that, it`s a NO BAKE recipe, unless you want to toss those almonds and oatmeal to the oven for extra crispness. Lovely, right?
If you want to take it to the next level (I know I did), you can add other super seeds or dried fruits, creating your own favorite mix. I added Cranberries (love them), Goji berries (it`s fashionable), but also chia seeds and flax seeds for the extra nutrients. The later are 2 super foods that I`m gonna tell you all about in a future post, so stay tuned!
Then, you just mix all the ingredients in a bowl, mix well and ta-daaaaa. You have the composition! Place it in a pan and toss it in the freezer, for 30 minutes or up. Depending on your patience, until it`s set for cutting.
After you take it out from the freezer, you must cut it in equal bars. For his step I took advantage of Gabi`s engineering skills, the result being 12 equal bars, cut in straight lines and angles. I would have never succeeded that, being extremely hasty and on the run. That`s why all my recipes are quick and easy!
The recipe was inspired by Minimalist Baker, one of my favorite food bloggers, and adapted by me for our personal taste.
I hope you enjoy them as much as we did! How did you prepare it? Leave a comment bellow!
- 1 Cup Dates
- ¼ Cup peanut Butter
- 1 and ¼ Cup Oats
- 1 Cup almonds, raw, unsalted
- ¼ Cup Cranberries
- ¼ Cup Goji Berres
- 2 TBSP Chia Seeds
- 2 TBSP Flax Seeds
- If you want that extra crunchy-ness, you will have to toast the oats and almonds so preheat your oven to 350 F. When ready, toss them in a pan for 15 minutes.
- Line a tray with aluminum foil and then set aside.
- Put the dates in hot water for 10-15 minutes so they reach a good level of stickiness, allowing you to easily pit them and making them ready for the blending.
- Toss the dates in the food processor and pulse until it becomes a gluey paste.
- In a small saucepan, heat the peanut butter until it reaches a rnnuy consistency.
- Put all the ingridiets in a bowl and mix them well. Use your hands if needed.
- Place the mixture in the lined tray, and press well to the bottom of the tray, until packed well. Place a paper on top and, with the help of a glass, press well. It`s important that the thickness of the mixture is at least 1 cm, so that the bars are solid and don`t break when you hold them with your fngers.
- Pu the tray in the freezer for 1 hour.
- Cut the bars in equal servings.
- Store them in the fridge, in an air tight container.