Hello everyone! Hope your week is going well 🙂
We all snack; whether we like to admit to it or not. So why not snack on something healthy and filled with nutrients? Trust me; that is exactly what you will be doing after you try this recipe out. Not only is it easy but it doesn’t even require turning on the oven. As I have mentioned before, my husband and I are doing our best to eat better. We both have a habit of snacking and sometimes on foods that aren’t too great for our body. I then decided to make these trail mix inspired oat bars since our pantry literally has almost everything that goes into a trail mix! I hope you enjoy the recipe.
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Serving: approx. 12 bars
1 cup of pitted dates *If dates are not soft or moist; bathe them in a bowl with warm water for 10-15 minutes till they soften
1/4 a cup of honey
1/4 a cup of creamy almond butter or peanut butter (You can use both 1/8 of each which is what I did=2 tablespoons of each)
1 1/2 cup of rolled oats
1/2 a cup of almonds
1/2 a cup of walnuts
*I roasted the oats and nuts in order to get more flavor. If you choose to do the same; place them on a pan and put in your 350 degree oven for 10 minutes.
1/3 a cup of dried cranberries
1/3 a cup of coconut flakes
1/3 a cup of chocolate chips
- Place your dates into a food processor and mix for about a minute until the dates are in tiny pieces. Mine happened to form into a ball (dough like).
- Place your oats, almonds, and dates in a bowl.
- In a saute pan on low heat, add your peanut butter, almond butter, and honey. Warm it up for a few minutes till it softens.
- Pour and stir over the oat mixture till everything is evenly dispersed.
- Then take out an 8×10 baking dish (doesn’t need to be those exact measurements but close) and line it with plastic wrap so it is easier to take out the bars later on.
- Place the mixture into the lined pan and spread out. Press down firmly till the surface is flat with a drinking glass to ensure that the bars hold together well.
- Cover with plastic wrap and place in fridge for 30 minutes.
- Cut the bars in the pan and there you have it-Trail Mix Oat Bars!
These finished within a day’s time in my house with family over, so I didn’t have to worry about storing the leftovers. If you happen to have leftovers, store the bars in an air tight container and place in the fridge. That will definitely keep them fresh!