Friday, August 19, 2016

No-Bake Chocolate Chip Toasted Almond Granola Bars

3 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup brown rice crispy cereal
1 cup almonds, toasted and roughly chopped
3/4 cup vegan chocolate chips
1/8 t salt
2 cups Medjool dates, pitted
1/2 cup brown rice syrup
1/4 coconut sugar or date sugar (optional)*
1/4 cup natural nut butter (any kind)
Splash of plant-based milk

In a food processor, combine the dates, brown rice syrup, sugar, nut butter and a splash of plant-based milk. Blend until smooth and thick (spreadable consistency).
In a large bowl, combine oats, cereal, salt, almonds, and chocolate chips. Stir in date mixture until well combined and the cereal mixture is coated well. This works best using food gloves and your hands.
Press mixture into a wax paper-lined 13x9 oblong pan using a scrap of wax paper to press down firmly and evenly. Keep pressing all around the pan, so the bars hold together well. Refrigerate at least 3 hours before cutting into bars.
Freeze or refrigerate.

* The coconut/date sugar is optional. If you like your bars less sweet, do not include it.

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