Recipe Review

5 Ingredient Granola Bars

These tasty, no bake granola bars are super customizable and easy to make. Hearty, healthy, and incredibly time savvy, they can be whatever you want; breakfast, snack, or even dessert. These bars can be made vegan, gluten free and dairy free, depending on your ingredient choices. I added chocolate chips to mine for extra flavor, but feel free to leave them out. This recipe makes 10 bars but I promise you; they’re so good, you might want to make more.

While they’re called 5 Ingredient Granola Bars, I’ve customized this recipe to add in extra flavors that I love. Cut out the last four ingredients for a simpler bar.

All measurements are simply baseline numbers; please feel free to add as much as you want of any of the following ingredients.

– 2 cups prunes, approximately*
– 1 ½ cups rolled oats, toasted
– 1 cup roasted, unsalted almonds, loosely chopped
– ¾ cup sunflower seeds
– ¼ cup honey, or to taste
– ½ cranberries (sweetened or unsweetened)
– 1 cup banana chips
– ½ cup chocolate chips
– 2 tsp cinnamon, or to taste

*Dates are originally suggested for making granola bars, but I used prunes as my grocery store didn’t have them at the time.

Optional step: I soaked my prunes in water for about ten minutes, just to ensure stickiness, but feel free to try without.

1. Process prunes in a food processor for about a minute, or until almost a paste. This will be your base to keep everything together.

2. Toast your oats on a cookie sheet at 350 degrees, for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Toasting is optional, but I recommend it for a richer flavor.

3. While oats are toasting, prepare a 9×13 baking pan by lining it with parchment paper so that the bars don’t stick. Use any size pan, but the smaller the pan, the thicker the bars.

4. Combine processed prunes, chopped almonds, and toasted oats in large bowl. Mix in cranberries, banana chips, sunflower seeds, chocolate chips, and cinnamon.

5. Warm honey in a saucepan for easier mixing. As mentioned, these measurements are suggestions, so add in honey until mixture is a consistency similar to a dough, but not dry. (The warm honey will begin to melt your chocolate chips, but that’s okay; I found it puts chocolate into the whole thing which for me is just an added bonus)

6. After ingredients are combined to your liking, pour into previously prepared pan and press down to flatten and form. Cover with plastic wrap and place in fridge or freezer for 15-20 minutes to harden.

Bars should be kept in airtight containers in the fridge to keep fresh, or even in the freezer if you prefer the bars colder. Enjoy your simple, easy, customizable granola bars until there aren’t anymore left! Let us know in the comments if you tried this recipe, and what you decided to put in the granola bars!

Final Thoughts

These granola bars are truly my favorites. They've even started to turn into a staple in my house! Nutty, sweet, and the perfect balance of crunch and softness, I know I'm going to be making these for a long time to come.

Overall Score 4.8
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