These bars are a perfectly portable snack you can prep on Sunday and enjoy throughout the week. Wrap leftovers tightly in plastic wrap, and store in the fridge. The bars will continue to firm up as they chill.
1 1/4 cups quick-cooking oats
1 cup ancient-grain cereal blend (such as Cheerios + Ancient Grains)
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup chopped unsalted pistachios
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup chopped pitted dates
How to Make It
Combine first 6 ingredients (through salt) in a large bowl.
Combine peanut butter, honey, and dates in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook 3 minutes or until peanut butter melts, stirring frequently.
Pour peanut butter mixture over oat mixture; stir well to combine. Spread mixture into an 8-inch square baking pan coated with cooking spray; press firmly to form a compact, even layer. Place pan in freezer for 10 minutes. Remove from freezer, and cut into 12 bars.
The combination of ingredients for these granola bars is delicious! Keeping them together, though, was a challenge. I even tried freezing for twice the time and got the same result, also trying one batch with peanut butter and one batch with almond butter. Maybe I'll add some more honey next time.
It took me 2 stores to find the new Cheerios flavor but overall these were very easy to make. I followed the recipe exactly. To keep it from falling apart, I pressed the mixture with a heavy spatula before putting it in the freezer. Even after several hours, they are staying together without any trouble.
The serving size is impossible! Love the peanut-buttery goodness. Very satisfying. I didn't have any problems with them holding together. I made sure to press it down hard with a flat metal spatula before putting them in the freezer. Would make again.
Loved the recipe!! Used almonds instead of pistachios. Pulsed mine in food processor. Kids think they dislike nuts, but can never tell when I pulse them. Also, I doubled the batch and used blue agave instead of honey. Works well with just 1/3 cup agave (or even less). Kids liked them too! Made 14 granola sized bars in a 13x9 dish. Held up well!
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