Almond Butter Granola Bars

almond butter granola bars

Are you a morning person?

I am. In fact, I may be one of those annoyingly cheerful people in the mornings.

I like getting up early (which means I sometimes sleep at an embarrassingly early time as well), working out first thing in the morning, and taking my time getting ready for work. I hate having to rush and being late so plenty of time in the morning is necessary. But also, I like mornings because I love breakfast.

During the weekend, I treat myself to a nice, luxurious brunch, but during weekdays, I prefer quick and healthy meals. And these Almond Butter Granola Bars are perfect for mornings.

Quick? Yes, you can make these ahead so it’s just grab-and-go when you need it. Healthy? Well it’s made with almond butter, old-fashioned oats, brown rice crisps, sliced almonds, chopped dates, dried cherries, dark chocolate chips, honey, and coconut oil. That’s a lot of ingredients packed into these bars, but it’s all good-for-you stuff. Like, real nutritious things – not the kind where I trick myself I’m eating a salad when I’m actually eating cake. Promise!

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I was originally going to make some simple no-bake bars from Minimalist Baker but I kept tinkering with the recipe and before I knew it, I was adding dried fruit and coconut oil and heating up my oven while pressing this granola mixture into my trusty brownie pan. I suspect you can still skip the baking and eat this raw (I won’t tell you how many tablespoons I ate raw myself) but baking sets it and helps the flavors meld together a little better. The nutty coconut smell wafting from my oven was just an added bonus.

One thing to note about these bars is that while they are healthy and made with wholesome ingredients, they are dense and high in calories. Each bar will fill you up! So you might want to further cut it into squares for a more manageable size, especially if you’re the type who wants to eat more than just a granola bar for breakfast. I like eating a small square before a workout, or pairing with a banana and a glass of milk for a more substantial meal. Crumbling a square into Greek yogurt is also good. Eating the crumbs by rolling up the parchment paper into a cone and aiming it straight into your mouth is even better. Just make sure no one is watching.

healthy almond butter granola bars

Like my other favorite breakfasts, there’s a lot of texture in these granola bars. And lots of flavor! The dried cherries add a nice burst of tartness, the chopped dates add some sweet caramel flavor, the almond butter and almonds taste like… almonds, and the coconut oil perfumes the whole thing in tropical bliss. Dark chocolate chips are optional but not really.

Yield: 8 bars or 16 squares

Almond Butter Granola Bars

Ingredients

1 cup almond butter
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
1/2 cup brown rice crisps
1/2 cup pitted and chopped medjool dates (around 6 large dates)
1/4 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 F.
  2. Combine the almond butter, honey, and coconut oil, and heat in microwave for 1 minute, stirring after 30 seconds.
  3. In a large bowl, combine all remaining ingredients. Pour almond butter mixture over dry ingredients and mix well.
  4. Press mixture in an 8x8 parchment paper-lined baking pan, and bake for 20-25 minutes.
  5. Let cool completely before cutting into bars or squares.

chocolate chip almond butter granola bar

What’s your favorite quick and healthy breakfast?

 

   

26 Responses to “Almond Butter Granola Bars”

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted October 13, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Homemade granola is the best way to start your day-esp. with almond butter!!!

    • Bianca Garcia replied October 15th, 2014 at 4:23 pm

      And especially if it involves a little bit of chocolate ;)

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    Sues posted October 13, 2014 at 9:05 am

    The older I get, the more of a morning person I become. I just have to learn to start going to bed earlier! These look like the perfect take-to-work breakfast!

    • Bianca Garcia replied October 15th, 2014 at 4:24 pm

      I used to be a night owl at my peak youth… haha

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    Tracey posted October 13, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    I am not a morning person and I am terrible for skipping breakfast but these look AMAZING and easy to make!

    • Bianca Garcia replied October 15th, 2014 at 4:24 pm

      Yes, make them ahead so you don’t have to skip breakfast! PS – they are amazing midnight snacks, too ;)

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    PassTheKnife posted October 13, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    I’ve been obsessed with almond butter lately, this sounds like the perfect quick breakfast! Some sea salt sprinkled on top would be awesome too!!

    • Bianca Garcia replied October 15th, 2014 at 4:25 pm

      UM YES, sea salt on top is a genius idea!!

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife posted October 13, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    I am DEFINITELY a morning person, and these bars would make me even more chipper. Grouches is better watch out—I’m coming at them with morning sunshine!

    • Bianca Garcia replied October 15th, 2014 at 4:25 pm

      Morning sunshine wrapped in almond butter and chocolate is the best kind of sunshine there is!

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    Mike @TheIronYou posted October 14, 2014 at 8:03 am

    Almond butter, coconut oil, medjool dates, cherries…basically these bars are made with the best of the best. LOVE IT!

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    Meghan posted October 14, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    I am always hungry, and these look like they have perfect staying power!

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    Joanne posted October 15, 2014 at 8:06 am

    I love that these are grab-and-go and good for you! I am definitely a morning person also, but I like to eat when I first get up. These are ideal!

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    Leah | So, How's It Taste? posted October 15, 2014 at 10:54 am

    All those ingredients are things I love! While I wouldn’t classify myself as a morning person, I do love having extra time to really enjoy breakfast. It’s my favorite part of the day. These would be fantastic!

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    Juliana posted October 15, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    I have never made granola nor granola bars and seeing this made with almond butter, I feel that I should try this someday…looks delicious with all the different textures.
    Hope you are having a great week Bianca :D

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    Mira posted October 18, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    I rarely have breakfast, but recently started having a granola bar with my coffee in the morning! These look delicious and so easy to make! Pinned!

    • Bianca Garcia replied October 19th, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      Thank you, Mira! Yes, these would be great with coffee in the mornings :)

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    Liz posted October 18, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    You sound exactly like me! I usually am ready to put my pjs on at 8 PM…and the hubby thinks I’m crazy! And I’d never miss breakfast…and your bars sound like something I need to add to my repertoire :)

    • Bianca Garcia replied October 19th, 2014 at 5:13 pm

      Hi Liz, yes I hope you try these soon. And I love breakfast so much I sometimes eat it twice ;)

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    Kelly - Life Made Sweeter posted October 19, 2014 at 8:00 am

    I am a total morning person and would love to start my day off with these granola bars! They look amazing and I love that you made them with almond butter – can’t wait to try these – pinning!

    • Bianca Garcia replied October 19th, 2014 at 5:14 pm

      Yay thanks, Kelly!

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    Choc Chip Uru posted October 20, 2014 at 6:39 am

    I want these granola bars for breakfast, lunch and dinner, almond butter is a weakness :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    Ashley posted October 20, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    I’m the same way – I love getting up and taking my time in the mornings. I definitely need my coffee to get me going but I get so much done! And these granola bars sound fantastic – I love making them at home!

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    Rachel @ Bakerita posted October 23, 2014 at 1:27 am

    Mmm I’m a huge fan of almond butter, and I love making my own breakfast bars! These sound delicious, love the dried cherries in there. Pinned!

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    Honey, What's Cooking posted October 24, 2014 at 1:30 am

    Healthy and so yummy!

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    grace posted October 25, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    while i always make my own granola, i’ve never gone so far as to make granola bars! these look great!

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