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Healthy Living Expo September 20-21, 2018

No-Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars

, by Weight Loss Challenge

Ditch your store bought granola bars for these delicious homemade peanut butter granola bars! Each bar is less than 200 calories and is packed with 5 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein. These bars are a great energizing snack after a workout or to tie you over in between meals!

No-Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Ingredients:

  • 7 large pitted medjool dates (about 1/2 cup packed), soaked
  • 5 tablespoons hot water
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter (with salt)
  • 3 tablespoons brown rice syrup (certified gluten-free if necessary; can also substitute with honey)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats (certified gluten-free if necessary)
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds (certified gluten-free if necessary)
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed (certified gluten-free if necessary)

Directions:

Line a shallow baking dish with parchment paper (or wax paper). I used a 7-inch x 11-inch glass dish.

Place pitted dates in a bowl. Cover the dates with boiling or very hot water (I used my tea kettle) until full submerged. Allow them to soak for at least 10 minutes.

Strain the soaked dates and place them plus 5 tablespoons of water in a blender. Blend until combined. The mixture will be very thick.

Place date mixture, peanut butter, brown rice syrup, and vanilla in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until well combined and heated through.

In a large bowl, combine oats, chia seeds, and flax. Stir in wet mixture until combined.

Spoon mixture into the baking dish, pressing very firmly so mixture is evenly spread throughout pan. It should be very compact. Place another piece of parchment paper on top and press down firmly. Remove top piece of parchment and freeze bars for at least 2 hours.

Cut into 12 bars. Store in the freezer.

Nutrition Information:

Serves: 12 │ Serving Size: 1 bar

Per Serving:  Calories: 198; Total Fat: 7g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 39mg; Carbohydrate: 29g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugar: 12g; Protein: 5g

Nutrition Bonus: Potassium: 137mg; Iron: 9%; Vitamin A: 0%; Vitamin C: 1%; Calcium: 5%

Recipe from: Hello Healthy

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