date caramel granola bars
Granola Bars with Date Caramel
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These Granola Bars with Date Caramel are healthy, chewy, crunchy, salty-sweet, and very satisfying. They are awesome for a snack, perfect for breakfast on the run, and will easy satisfy your dessert cravings.
Servings Prep Time
8 bars 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 bars 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
date caramel granola bars
Granola Bars with Date Caramel
Print Recipe
These Granola Bars with Date Caramel are healthy, chewy, crunchy, salty-sweet, and very satisfying. They are awesome for a snack, perfect for breakfast on the run, and will easy satisfy your dessert cravings.
Servings Prep Time
8 bars 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 bars 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cups Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 cup almonds, chopped
  • 1/4 cup honey (or maple syrup if vegan)
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp. fine sea salt
Servings: bars
Instructions
  1. Place the dates into a food processor and pulse them until a “dough” like consistency forms.
  2. Place the dates, chopped almonds, oats, vanilla, and salt into a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
  3. Warm the honey and almond butter in a small saucepan over low heat. It should be just loose and liquid-y enough to pour. Stir the honey-almond-butter mixture into the dry ingredients until the ingredients are completely coated and start to stick together in clumps.
  4. Once thoroughly mixed, transfer to an 8 x 8″ baking dish or other small pan lined with parchment paper so the bars lift out easily. Use wet or lightly oiled hands to firmly press the mixture into the pan.
  5. Raw version: let the bars firm up in fridge or freezer for 15-20 minutes. Then remove the bars from the pan and cut them into 8-10 even bars. Store in an airtight container for up to a few days. Baked version: preheat the oven to 325° F with a rack in the middle of the oven. Bake the bars for 20-25 minutes for chewy granola bars or 25-30 minutes for crunchy bars. As soon as you remove the bars from the oven, press them down again with the back of a lightly oiled spatula. (This will give you more compacted granola bars.) Let the bars cool completely in the pan. Then remove the bars from the pan and cut them into 8-10 even bars. Store in an airtight container for up to a few days.
Recipe Notes

*If using Deglet Nour dates, soak them in warm water  for 10 minutes so they soften up. Then dry off the dates thoroughly.