So there are times when I get inspired to be healthy. I'd say the final stages of pregnancy are one of them. Your meals become smaller and smaller as all the space gets occupied by someone else, so best to make them count. Make them healthy. And make them delicious.
This recipe is great because you can do a lot of tinkering with it. I added some chocolate, because so man is an island and no pregnant woman should be without, along with a host of delicious dried fruit. It would also work well with almond butter, or lordy me, nutella. I get shivers thinking about my next batch and the nutella goodness it will have in it.
Think of your home made granola bar as a vehicle for all that good stuff, with a little nutella for good measure. Also great snacking for the littles on the go.
Chocolate-y Date Granola Bars
Makes 12ish, depending on how you cut them
1 cup, chopped and pitted Medjool dates
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
pinch of salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 cup assorted dried fruit and nuts (add at will depending on your cravings, but keep it small if you plan to share with the littles in your life)
Chop dates in a food processor until a loose ball forms. Place oats, dates and dried fruit/nuts in a bowl and set aside.
Warm honey, peanut butter and chocolate chips in a sauce pan over medium heat until melted and blended. Add cicnnamon and salt, stir to combine.
Pour liquid blend over the nut and date mixture, stirring to combine. Press mixture evenly into an 8x8 pan lined with wax paper (allow for some overhang on the ends to easily lift out). Allow to cool completely in the refrigerator. Remove from pan and cut into bars. Keeps about 4-5 days in an airtight container (I preferred to keep my cool in the refrigerator).