Quick post this week. You may or may not have noticed my love for snack bars. Usually oat based, hearty, filling and on the healthier side. Well, here's another winner! These bars are soft, but not chewy, more of a sandy texture. They are slightly sweet, just enough for me, and a little salty (which I love!). The dates add a nice natural sweetness without being an overwhelming flavor. They bars bake up pretty firm and hold together unless it's really warm out, or they sit in a hot car for a while! Whoops!!
I cut back slightly on the honey in these bars, just by 1 tablespoon. They may have been slightly firmer with that additional tablespoon, but I didn't mind them at all the way they turned out. While the title of this recipe is "breakfast bar" I really found them to be more of a homemade granola bar. But in the end it doesn't really matter what they are called. I just know I enjoyed them!
Date and Almond Breakfast Bars
Adapted from Donuts, Dresses and Dirt
- 2/3 cup (90-100 grams) chopped dates
- 1 1/4 cup (110 grams) old fashioned oats
- 3 tablespoons (22 grams) whole wheat flour
- 1/3 cup (20 grams) wheat germ
- 1/3 cup (35 grams) chopped almonds
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup (65 grams) almond butter
- 1/4 cup (50 grams) olive oil
- 3 tablespoons (63 grams) honey
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350. Line a 8x8 inch pan with parchment paper and spray with oil. Set aside.
Combine the dates, oats, flour, wheat germ, almonds, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the almond butter, olive oil, honey, and vanilla. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry mixture, and stir together until evenly combined. Spread the batter into the prepared pan, pressing the mixture firmly onto the bottom, edges and corners.
Bake the bars for 30-35 minutes, until they are golden brown all over. Cool the bars completely in the pan on a cooling rack. When mostly cool, transfer to the fridge and let them chill for a few hours. This will make it easier to cut into neat bars. Remove from fridge and cut into bars.