- 1 cup pitted dates, packed
- 1/4 cup maple syrup or agave
- 1/4 cup peanut butter or almond butter
- 1 cup almonds
- 1 1/2 cup oats
- Optional: chocolate chips, dried fruits, banana chips, nuts
Process dates in a food processor until small bits remain (about 1 minute). It should form a “dough” like consistency.
Optional step: Toast your oats (and almonds if raw) in a 350-degree F (176 C) oven for 10-15 minutes or until slightly golden brown.
Place oats, almonds and dates in a large mixing bowl – set aside.
Warm maple syrup (or agave or honey) and peanut butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir and pour over oat mixture and then mix, breaking up the dates to disperse throughout.
Once thoroughly mixed, transfer to an 8×8-inch baking dish or other small pan lined with plastic wrap or parchment paper so they lift out easily.
Press down firmly until uniformly flattened – I use something flat, like a drinking glass, to press down and really pack the bars, which helps them hold together better.
Cover with parchment or plastic wrap, and let firm up in fridge or freezer for 15-20 minutes.
Remove bars from pan and chop into 10 even bars. Store in an airtight container for up to a few days.