Clean Honey Almond Granola Bars Recipe

homemade granola bars

Thank you to Stacey Michelle for this homemade granola bars recipe! You can find the original recipe here. These are so easy to make, and taste great! Plus, they’re way healthier than store-bought granola bars, since they are completely free of sugar, preservatives, or chemicals. If you don’t add any other spices, seeds, or dried fruit, these have a slight taste of honey with a blend of almonds. Yum!

Ingredients:

(For 16 bars)

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1 cup pitted dates (soaked in water for about 30 minutes to soften)
  • 1 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1/4 cup all natural peanut butter
  • Cinnamon (optional)
  • Raisins or other dried fruit (optional)
  • Seeds (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Spread almonds in a single layer on a baking dish and bake for 5 minutes.
  3. Stir the almonds around (try to flip them over) and bake an additional 5 minutes, until they turn darker brown and smell nutty.
  4. Remove almonds from the oven and let them cool.
  5. Put dates in food processor until they are chopped up.
  6. Combine oats, dates, and almonds in a large bowl.
  7. In a small saucepan, combine honey and peanut butter.
  8. Over low heat, stir the honey and peanut butter frequently until it melts and blends together.
  9. Pour honey and peanut butter liquid over the oat mix in the bowl, and stir until well blended.
  10. If desired, add cinnamon, raisins, or any other dried fruit, spice, nuts, or seeds you wish!
  11. Spread mixture evenly in a greased 8×8 baking dish.
  12. Cover the top of the bars with parchment paper, wax paper, or plastic wrap, and press down to compact the ingredients.
  13. Place dish in the fridge for about 20 minutes before cutting.
  14. Store in a container in the fridge.
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Silk PureAlmond Review

Silk PureAlmond

After a recent trip to the store for groceries, I decided I would buy some almond milk to try. I’d read about how good it is and how many recipes you can use it in, so I thought why not? I bought the Silk PureAlmond Original Unsweetened Almond Milk and gave it a try.

You can find almond milk at the store by the rest of the milk (cow, soy, coconut) in the refrigerated section. There are lots of varieties: vanilla, chocolate, original, and original unsweetened. Original unsweetened is the only one without added sugar, so be sure to choose wisely.

What is almond milk? It’s made from ground almonds and water. The almonds are soaked in water, finely ground and blended, and strained to remove the almond pulp and skins.

Quick  Facts:

  • Costs $3.32 (for a half gallon at Wal-Mart)
  • Ingredients: filtered water, almonds, sea salt, bean gum, sunflower lecithin, gellan gum, natural flavor
  • Lactose free
  • Gluten free
  • Soy free
  • Non GMO (no genetically modified ingredients)
  • Must be refrigerated
  • Stays fresh for 7 to 10 days after opening

Nutritional Information (for 8 oz. serving):

  • Calories 30
  • Total Fat 2.5g (.5g polyunsaturated and 1.5g monounsaturated)
  • Cholesterol 0mg
  • Sugars 0g
  • Protein 1g

Daily Value of Vitamins (for 8 oz. serving):

  • 45% Calcium
  • 25% Vitamin D
  • 50% Vitamin E
  • 10% Vitamin A
  • 30% Riboflavin
  • 50% Vitamin B
  • 8% Zinc
  • 4% Magnesium
  • 2% Iron

So, now for my thoughts on this almond milk. Please keep in mind, no one is paying me to say any of this. When I first opened it, I was cautious. I don’t really care for cow milk, so I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about almond milk. I won’t drink regular milk by itself because I don’t like the taste, smell, or texture. I only buy skim milk (so it’s thin), and I only really use it for cooking or occasionally on cereal.

Anyway, I shook up the almond milk and poured myself a glass. I was skeptical. I was surprised at how thick it was! It was an off-white color, and was about the same consistency of 2% or whole milk. I went in for a sip, and I was pleasantly surprised! This is just my opinion, but it’s amazing!

It has a mild almond-like taste. It’s nothing like cow milk. I can drink it plain (and I actually like to!). It’s great on cereal as well, but drinking it plain is my favorite.

Pros:

  • Delicious taste
  • Thick consistency
  • High in vitamins
  • 0g of sugar
  • Only 30 calories per serving
  • Non GMO

Cons:

  • Costs $3.32 for a half gallon
  • Has 7 ingredients (although they’re all natural, that’s still a lot for clean eating)
  • Only stays good for 7-10 days after opening

My overall opinion? I would recommend Silk PureAlmond to everyone. I will surely be buying it again, and I don’t think I will ever use cow milk again. It’s definitely worth giving a try, and I’m sure you’ll fall in love with it like I did.