These are my delicious almond butter nutty granola bars!
As you may have noticed, I love granola and everything associated with it. That includes bars. I am constantly figuring out new and fun ways to eat granola.
This is my latest rendition. I used equal parts of dates and figs.
I love this mixture because the granola bars come out so chewy. I will eat granola bars that are crunchy because I hardly ever turn up my nose at anything that is, well, food. But I prefer my granola bars chewy.
Which do you prefer? Chewy or crunchy? Let me know by leaving me a comment.
Some of you may be too young to remember this but when I was in high school (late 70s, early 80s) and the 60s were not the ancient, moldy memory they are today, the term and concept of the “hippie” was still common. Back then, we called kids who would have been hippies in the 60s – kids who wore Birkenstocks, didn’t shave, wore long hair, and, ate whole foods like, naturally, granola – we called them, “earthy crunchy”.
And sometimes, after a fashion, we added granola to the end of that, so they became “earthy crunchy granola”.
As in, “Oh, she’s/he’s earthy crunchy granola.”
It’s weird when I think about that now, because other than the Birkenstocks, long hair and the not shaving, I was sort of earthy crunchy myself. ?
Why did I consider myself earthy crunchy? Because that was when I started eating healthy intentionally. Of course I still lived with my folks since I was still in school, but I used to buy my own food. And one of the things I used to eat was boxed granola.
And I loved it!
But, yikes! When I figured out how many calories were in a good sized bowl of that crunchy goodness, I had to stop eating it.
Enter our cousin, Helen. Helen started making her own granola, which was a revelation back then. Make your own granola?? And although homemade granola was still caloric, it was so much healthier.
That started my love affair with finding new and exciting ways to eat it.
On to the Almond Butter Nutty Granola Bars
I preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
Here are some of the ingredients: Figs, dates, raisins, chia seeds and maple syrup.
Soak the Fruit
First up, I cut up the figs and dates into little pieces. I plop them in my stainless steel mixing bowl. I add 1/4 cup of chia seeds, 1/4 cup maple syrup and 3/4 cup hot water.
I let the date mixture sit for 15 minutes.
While it is sitting, I gather some almond butter, oats, almonds, slivered almonds, pumpkin seeds and chocolate chips.
Yes. The dates and figs have rested and hydrated so I add all the other ingredients in the bowl to meet them.
Stirrity, stir, Stir
I stir it all up and place the granola mixture into in a greased medium baking dish. I pack it down.
It’s sooooo NUTTY! Yahoo!
I pop it in the oven and bake it for 35 minutes.
You must let it cool thoroughly before cutting. Remember, it may be gooey, but that is a good thing. Gooey means chewy!
All cut up and ready to eat.
Although, I don’t eat them now.
I want to. Yes, I want to so much, that I drool just thinking of it.
So what I do is: cut pieces of parchment paper, stick a bar on each piece, wrap them in plastic wrap and freeze them. Because out of sight, out of mind.
Okay, okay, not really.
Let’s see another view.
And now for the leaning tower of granola bars.
Look at the crumbs in the foreground. I did not stick my finger out and press down on those crumbs to eat them.
I did not.
I hope you enjoyed this recipe!
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And as always, may all your dishes be delish!
- 5 dates 5 - 6, chopped
- 5 figs 5 - 6, chopped
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 3/4 cups hot water
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 3/4 cups raw almonds
- 1/2 cup slivered almonds
- 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
- 2/3 cups raisins
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- In a large stainless steel bowl, add chopped dates, figs, chia seeds, maple syrup and hot water
- Let sit for 15 minutes
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F
- Add oats, almonds, slivered almonds, pumpkin seeds, almond butter, raisins, salt and chocolate chips
- Stir with rubber spatula
- Grease baking dish
- Press the date mixture into the baking dish and bake for 35 minutes
- Let it cool completely before cutting it into whatever size squares you prefer
- Eat one
- You may want to freeze the rest, they defrost quickly and you won't be tempted to eat the whole pan