Homemade Granola Bars

Power-packed homemade 5-ingredient granola bars are perfect for an early morning or weekend in the mountains! They're simple to make and store well in the freezer.

Ingredients:
2 Cups Organic Pitted Dates
1/2 Cup Raw, Unfiltered Organic Honey (Filtered honey will work, but for best taste, use unfiltered honey straight from the honey farm)
1/2 Cup Organic Almond Butter (Be sure you purchase one-ingredient Almond Butter - just almonds, no sugar, salt, oil, etc)* 
3 Cups Rolled Organic Oats
2 Cups Raw Organic Almonds*

*I recommend using either salted Almond Butter, Salted Almonds, or add a very generous pinch of Himalayan Sea Salt for natural electrolytes.  

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1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  
2) Spread oats on cookie sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes
3) Blend dates in a food processor until they form a paste-like substance
4) Place toasted oats, dates, and almonds in a bowl 
5) Mix unfiltered honey and almond butter in a saucepan and warm over low heat
6) Pour honey and almond butter mixture over oats, dates, and almonds 
7) Mix ingredients until all items are evenly dispersed
8) Pour mixture into a wax or parchment paper lined baking pan (9X13in pan)
9) Flatten ingredients in pan and place in fridge or freezer for at least 15-20 minutes
10) Remove parchment paper and bars from pan and evenly slice into 20 bars
11) Store bars in food storage container in fridge or freezer (storing bars in the freezer will increase their shelf life and keep the bars firm for hikes).  I also recommend using a piece of parchment paper between layers of bars when stacking bars in storage container