Let’s just say that making granola bars has become a bit of a hobby for me. These Oat, Almond, and Chocolate Chip Granola Bars have 5 simple ingredients and are a cinch to make. I’m not even sure water can be considered an ingredient.
I’m so excited about this month’s Recipe Redux challenge. It is to use our favorite kitchen tool. I’m not sure there is a challenge that I haven’t loved, but I LOVE my kitchen tools and the tool I use the most is my food processor!
I know there are some of you out there who do not own a food processor and I am here to tell you – you should get one. I use it for pretty much everything, well, at least 3-4 times a week.
I use it a lot for granola bars because it’s the best way to break up dates and oats. First of all, I could never grind up oats like a food processor can and I definitely don’t have the patience to chop dates. It’s safe to say I couldn’t live without my food processor. I guess I should add an “s” to that. I have two – a small one and a large one. I use them both equally. There is enough food processor love to go around.
Let me tell you my top 5 reasons why I love these ingredients together:
-no added salt
-simple, pronounceable ingredients
-fresh almond butter (it’s my new addiction)
-it uses my favorite kitchen tool!
Try making your own snack granola bars. Keep them in the fridge for a quick and easy snack!
- 1 cup pitted dates (about 8-10 large dates)
- ⅓ cup water
- 1 cup rolled oats (divided)
- ¼ cup fresh almond butter
- ¼ cup chocolate chips
- Add water and dates to a small bowl and soak for 15 minutes
- Preheat oven to 350°F
- In a food processor, add ½ cup oats and pulse until ground into flour
- Add dates and water to the food processor and pulse until dates are chopped and combined with the oats
- In a medium sized bowl, add the contents of the food processor, remaining oats, almond butter and chocolate chips
- Stir until combined
- Line a 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper and pour contents of bowl into baking dish
- Spread out into an even layer (if fingers get too sticky, run them under water - wet hands make it easier to press down)
- Bake for 15-17 minutes
- Cool completely
- Remove from pan and cut into even squares or rectangles