Back To School 5-Ingredient Granola Bars (No Bake & Healthy!)
Written by: Lindsay Sibson
As a kid, I was usually a “packer.”
My mom preferred for us to eat more natural and healthy foods when we were kids, which meant bringing our own lunches to school every day.
Yes, I was that kid sitting there munching on fruit leather while all the other kids had their neon colored fruit roll ups (FYI – homemade fruit leather is super delish).
While it may be quicker and easier to pick up that package of snacks from your local market, most of them are over processed and contain unnecessary icky ingredients that can mess with your health.
A BETTER option is to DIY and make your own Back To School healthy snacks.
These uber delicious 5-ingredient granola bars are equal parts sweet, salty and crunchy – which makes for a perfect healthy and energizing snack for you and your family!
Benefits Of 5-Ingredient Granola Bars
- Rich in potassium, a mineral essential to a range of basic physiological processes
- Great source of dietary fiber
- Contains copper, an essential trace mineral that helps your body absorb and use iron to form red blood cells
- Also a good source of:
- Vitamin K
- High in antioxidant phenols
- Contains natural antioxidants, enzymes and minerals needed for a healthy digestive system
- Iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and selenium
- Vitamins found in honey include vitamin B6, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and niacin
- The nutraceuticals contained in honey help neutralize damaging free radical activity
- Regular consumption of honey helps maintain the flow of your digestion
- Have a massive amount of nutrients: fiber, protein, magnesium, manganese, copper, vitamin B2, vitamin E and fat
- Loaded with antioxidants, which protect your cells from damage
- Assists with blood sugar control
- Reduce hunger, because the protein and fiber increase satiety
- Full of dietary fiber, which also helps you feel full
- High amounts of nutrients, low calories and a small amount of fat, making it great for weight loss
- Good source of antioxidants
- Great for your heart – helps reduce serum cholesterol levels in your body
Pack one of these delicious 5-ingredient granola bars in your kiddo’s lunch and you will be sure to get satisfied smiles in return.
5-Ingredient Granola Bars
- 1 cup pitted dates (packed)
- ¼ cup raw honey
- ¼ cup almond butter
- Alternative: creamy salted peanut butter
- 1 cup chopped almonds, roasted & unsalted
- 1 ½ cups rolled oats
- Additional flavor options: dried fruit, nuts, vanilla, chocolate chips
- Process dates in a food processor for 1 minute until it turns into a dough-like consistency.
- Place oats, almonds and dates in a large bowl (set aside).
- Warm honey and almond butter in a small saucepan over low heat.
- Pour and stir honey/almond butter into the oat mixture.
- Continue to mix until dates are thoroughly dispersed throughout.
- Line an 8x8 dish with parchment paper and place the granola bar mixture into it, pressing down firmly until flattened.
- Use the bottom of a glass to pack down the bars (this helps them hold together better).
- Place the bars into the fridge for 20 minutes.
- Remove from the pan and chop into 10 even bars. Store in an airtight container in the freezer to keep freshness.
- Use within a few days.
Happy Back To School to you and your family!
Lindsay Sibson turned her lifelong dream of traveling the world into a reality when she first stepped on a plan in April of 2014. With the simple intention of learning more about this beautiful world, she stepped away from corporate America to explore an alternative lifestyle of long term international travel, volunteering, blogging and pursuing a blissfully happy and fulfilling way of life.
Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life. Connect with her on her website and follow her travels on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/_traveloholic_).
Through her blog, Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life.
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