These almond butter date pepita granola bars are a healthy homemade snack recipe that you’re going to fall in love with. They’re naturally sweetened with toasted oats, coconut, and pepitas and make for one of the best granola bars I have ever had!
1 1/2cupsuncooked regular or quick cooking rolled oatstoasted
3/4cupunsweetened flaked coconuttoasted
1/2cuppepitastoasted (can use almonds or macadamia nuts instead)
12pitted Medjool dates
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Spread oats, coconut flakes and pepitas on the baking sheet, and bake for 5-8 minutes, until slightly golden brown. Remove from oven and set aside.
Line the bottom of an 8x8 inch baking dish with parchment paper, allowing a few excess inches of parchment to extend past the sides of the dish.
Process the dates and pineapple in a food processor and process until finely chopped and it begins to form a ball. Transfer to a medium bowl; add the oats, and pepitas, stir to combine.
Combine the almond butter, honey and coconut oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring often, until smooth, about 3 minutes.
Pour the almond butter mixture over the date mixture and stir well. Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Top with a piece of plastic wrap, and press onto the surface of the mixture. Freeze until firm, about 15 minutes.
Using parchment paper, remove the frozen mixture from the baking dish, cut into 12 bars.