Quick & Easy No-Bake Granola Bars

The last month or two have been action packed, from celebrating birthdays and scaling a volcanic mountain while visiting family at their lake house, to wake surfing and hiking while houseboating in Northern California and in Southern Utah.

I have been so full of gratitude and happiness having the opportunity to take these memorable trips and spend so much time with so many of the greatest people in my life.

A few snacks that have tagged along in our travels so far this Summer are graham cracker chocolate chip cookieschocolate black bean cookies, and salted caramel candies. These no bake granola bars made with only 5 ingredients would also serve as a quick and easy snack for on the go traveling.

Packed with energy and replenishing nutrients, protein, fiber, and deliciousness, these bars can be put together quickly and are a healthy grab and go snack for energy, working out, munching between meals, or as a lunchtime dessert.

Quick & Easy No-Bake Granola Bars
makes 10 bars

-1 cup pitted dates, packed
-1/4 cup maple syrup
-1/4 cup nut or seed butter
-1 cup roasted almonds
-1 1/2 cups rolled oats

1. Line 8x8 pan with parchment paper, set aside.
2. Process dates in food processor until a dough forms. Warm nut or seed butter with maple syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat, stir and remove from heat.
3. Combine all ingredients together in a large bowl, once thoroughly mixed and evenly dispersed, transfer to prepared pan and press down evenly. 
4. Cover with plastic wrap or parchment paper and let set in refrigerator or fridge for 15-20 minutes. Remove, use parchment paper to lift out of pan, cut into 10 bars, and enjoy. 

store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer for up to a few days.
adapted from this recipe by Minimalist Baker
optional additions...
-dried fruit: shredded coconut, cranberries, raisins
-seeds: sunflower, pumpkin, hemp, chia, flax
optional substitutions...
-dates: dried figs, raisins
-maple syrup: brown rice syrup, raw honey
-almonds: pecans, walnuts, peanuts, or any other nut

Mangia! Mangia!