So many of you have asked about the Fiber Filled Granola Bars I eat all the time. They are not only amazingly delicious but they helped keep me regular throughout my pregnancy (which not a lot of pregnant women can say). I seriously eat at least 2 bites a day – even now at 3 months postpartum. I especially love them when I’m craving something before bed or starving throughout the day (don’t forget I’m currently a breastfeeding mama). If you’re curious about what else I’ve been eating in my postnatal recovery click HERE.
I also love these bars as a post-workout snack. Protein is always a great thing to have after workout to help your muscles recover and grow.
This recipe is part of my Healthy Choices Food Challenge that I created with my friend and chef, Kara Gambrel. You can watch a video of us making it HERE or page down after the recipe. Can’t wait to hear what you think!
1 cup packed pitted dates
¼ cup runny honey, pure maple syrup, or agave nectar
⅓ cup creamy salted peanut, sunflower, or almond butter
1 cup unsalted almonds (roughly chopped)
2 cups rolled oats
Optional items: dried fruit, nuts, seeds, chocolate chips, cacao nibs, etc.
Start by roughly chopping the almonds either in a food processor or by hand with a knife and put them in a mixing bowl. Chop the dates in the same manner and add to the bowl. Warm the honey and nut butter in a saucepan until it’s warm (not hot) and then pour it into your bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix with either your hands or a spatula. (If you have kids at home they would probably love to help this last.) Lastly, press the granola mix into a parchment lined pan, shape into a square, and place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes until firm (this makes it easier to cut). This recipe makes 16 – 1.5 inch square servings.