We don’t know about you but around 4pm we get the craving for a little snack! So why not reach for a treat that is delicious, filling, AND has benefits for your skin! Insert Peanut Butter Granola Bars! Check out the recipe below for a granola bar that you can make at home that is full of oats! We love oats because not only do they taste good BUT they are also an amazing natural beauty enhancer. They soothe and heal the skin, while reducing inflammation. Why is this important? Inflammation is the #1 cause of premature aging!
Plus, oats are one of nature’s most amazing exfoliators. You can even take the leftover oats and use them for this DIY food scrub that we blogged about a few months back!
So go ahead and grab some old fashioned oats (and a few other ingredients) and start stocking up on this healthy snack…
1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
2 cups crisp rice cereal
1/2 cup almonds
2 Tbsp. chia, buckwheat, flax seeds or a mix of these (I used this blend)
2 cups pitted dates (about 14 large Medjool dates)
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 cup natural peanut butter (or nut or seed butter of choice)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. cinnamon
pinch of sea salt
4 oz. dark chocolate
Preheat the oven to 350′. Toast the oats on a baking sheet for 10 minutes. Set aside to cool completely.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the crisp rice, almonds, seeds, cooled oats and stir to mix. Chop up the dates well to make a chunky paste (this could be done in the food processor but I hate cleaning it for one small task). If your dates seem dry, add a splash of warm water to get them tacky. Think toothpaste sort of texture.
Warm the maple, peanut butter, cinnamon, salt and stir to mix. Pour the PB mix and dates over the dry ingredients and mix everything together, breaking up the date clumps with your hands to disperse. Just get your hands dirty, you need a big sticky heap.
Line a 7x11inch pan with parchment paper. Press the mixture down in an even layer, using the bottom of something flat to push the mixture down tightly as possible.
In a double boiler or a glass bowl over a pot of simmering water, melt the chocolate until smooth. Drizzle the chocolate (or spread it evenly) on top of the bars. Chill in the fridge for one hour before cutting. Keep covered in the fridge for optimum freshness or wrap them individually and store in the freezer.
The bars will keep for about 5 days in the fridge.
Source: Sprouted Kitchen