All Natural Healthy No Bake Chewy Power Bars
I just LOVE looking for awesome new recipes to try! I have a great granola bar recipe that I have in my "book" but it uses refined sugars and, well, I wanted to have something else to go to that was "refined sugar free." Don't get me wrong, I love my granola bar recipe but THIS recipe right here, this one is a winner!
These bars came together with very minimal effort and are a much healthier option for me to nosh on if a hunger craving kicks in! I searched high and low for a great no bake bar until I stumbled on a page that was just what I was looking for! The original recipe that I used as a guide for this bar looked so delicious that I HAD to try it!
I changed the ratios of the dry ingredients but the base for the "paste" she used as the binder for these bars stayed the same. I think I made a winner!
From my HOME to yours,
Place pitted dates in sauce pot with water. Heat to a low boil until dates are softened. Set aside.
Place all dried ingredients into blender or food processor and lightly pulse for a few seconds. NOTE: The purpose of this is to break up large pieces but not so much that it all becomes too small/blended. Pour dry mixture into large mixing bowl and set aside.
Place date mixture, peanut butter, and coconut oil into same processor. Blend until mixture is smooth and a "paste like" texture. Once blended, combine it with the dry mixture until fully incorporated. You may need to use your hands...and I warn you....this part gets a little messy. Once fully blended, spread into a 9" x 12"baking pan and press firmly until mixture uniform. Cover with saran wrap and place in the fridge for 1-2 hours.
Flip mixture out onto a cutting board and using a sharp knife slice into "bar" sizes. You should get aprox. 24 bars depending on how large you make them. At this point you can individually wrap each bar in saran wrap for a "grab and go" snack -- just place the individually wrapped bars in a gallon size freezer bag OR place them all into an airtight container (place wax paper between layers). I individually wrapped each and placed in a freezer bag. They are currently in the freezer for a yummy homemade treat!
NOTE: These bars will keep their shape better when cold.