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5 Ingredient Granola Bars

Ingredients

1 cup packed dates (pitted)
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup creamy natural peanut butter or almond butter
1 cup roasted unsalted almonds, loosely chopped
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
(Optional additions: banana chips, chocolate chips, dried fruit, etc.)+

Instructions

1. Process dates in food processor until small bits remain (about 1 minute). It should form a "dough" like consistency.
2. Place oats, almonds and dates in a bowl - set aside.
3. Warm honey and peanut butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir and pour over oat mixture and then mix, breaking up the dates to disperse throughout.
4. Once thoroughly mixed, transfer to an 8x8 dish or other small pan lined with plastic wrap or parchment paper so they lift out easily.
5. Press down until uniformly flattened. Cover with parchment paper or plastic wrap and let set in fridge or freezer for 15-20 minutes to harden.
6. Remove bars from pan and chop into 10 even bars. Store in airtight container for up to a few days. 10 Servings

Meal Component: Bread/Bread Alternate

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Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on ChildCareInfo.com is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building ChildCareInfo.com.