Hey everyone! A couple weeks ago I found out that I am lactose intolerant. That basically means that my body is not able to digest lactose, which is a sugar found in dairy products. There is a pill you can take called lactase, but honestly I think it’s easier just to go off dairy completely rather than have to figure out the amount of medicine to take for how much dairy I’m eating… etc.
I’ve been trying to stay away from dairy because of this. But it’s actually really hard, I feel like there are more gluten free things than lactose free things. I have been loving making these granola bars. I’m pretty sure they are dairy free, as far as I know. But if they aren’t totally dairy free, they don’t have enough dairy to bother me!
they are super yummy too! These granola bars use dates to hold them together, which adds lots of yummy sweetness that makes it almost taste like a treat! There are so many different flavor combinations that can be used in these granola bars. My favorite combo (as shown in the the pictures) is pecan, coconut, and raison! SOOO yummy!
These granola bars are also no bake! Yep, there is no baking required (unless of course, you want to toast your oats :). Now that I’ve made them multiple times, I can have a batch f granola bars whipped up in around 15 minutes…. not bad if I can say so myself
- 1 c dates (I use the pitted ones from Costco)
- 1/4 c peanut butter (or PB2)
- 1/4 c honey
- 1 1/4 c rolled oats (if you prefer, you can toast them before hand)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- extra "toppings" to mix in. I like to use shredded coconut, raisons, and pecans
- In a blender or food processor, blend you dates until they become a gooey paste. Keep in mind that dates are very sticky, so you will need something very powerful to blend them up.
- In a sauce pan, melt peanut butter and honey until it becomes runny.
- Add all ingredients into a medium sized bowl and mix. Make sure to blend EVERYTHING together, it's pretty hard because the dates are so sticky. Sometimes I even like to kind of knead it with my fingers.
- Flatten out the granola bar mixture in a 8x8 pan lined with wax or parchment paper.
- Place the pan in the freezer until granola bars hold together. Store in the fridge or freezer