This past weekend, I slept by my sister and to my dismay, watched her kids eat granola bar after granola bar. Packaged processed goods. I asked the kids if they thought there was sugar in what they were eating and received a “No, it’s healthy” response. It’s hard with young kids to get them to make the right food choices but getting them involved can make it that much more exciting, so we made my 6 ingredient raw candy bars.We didn’t have dates so we used prunes instead and it still came out delicious! When I got home, the first thing I did was attempt a “healthified” granola bar. I was inspired by my Peanut butter Banana granola recipe. Plus I promised some of the pilates teachers and my Physical Therapist that I would bring them some goodies. Perfect excuse to get cooking.
Filled with fiber and healthy fats, I love this bar! Not as crunchy as a granola bar but it makes up for it in flavor. Slightly crunchy on the outside but nice and chewy on the inside, almost like a cross between banana bread and a Nature Valley granola bar. Basically the best of both worlds.
Lily’s brand chocolate chips have been my go to chip forever because they are vegan and stevia sweetened. It’s really hard to find a baking chocolate chip thats vegan and has no sugar, yet actually tastes good. Whole Foods carrys them as well as some local health food stores. Whenever you see chocolate chips used in my recipes it is always Lily’s.
- 3 cups oatmeal
- 2 cup puffed rice cereal (I used puffed kamut)
- 1 cup chopped almonds-or any nut you prefer (toasted preferbly)
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 cups dates (you can use a mix of dates,raisins or dried figs)
- 1/2 cup Peanut butter
- 3 bananas
- 1 tablespoon pure vannalia extract
- 1 cup lilys chips
- In a large mixing bowl combine oatmeal, cereal, almonds, cinnamon and baking powder.
- In a food proccessor or blender blend, dates, peneanut butter, bananas and vanilla extract. Blend until smooth.
- Combine wet mixture with dry mixture until evenly coated
- Fold in chocolate chips.
- Line a 13×9 pyrex with partchment paper, spray with non-stick spray. Flatten mixture in the pirex till even and smooth on the top
- Bake 325 45 minutes
- Let cool for at least 1 hour, cut into 12-14 large bars. Store in the freezer to preserve freshness