An article written by Audrey Brashich in the Washington Post titled “Why I became a Snacktivist” is interesting reading. This is one women’s story about American kids’ snacking habits and might just be applied to, really, everyone who snacks!
She quotes one of food activist and author Michael Pollan’s “Food Rules” that I completely support: “eat all the junk food you want…as long as you cook it yourself!”
Make these yummy 5-Ingredient Granola Bars and you will feel happy about snacking.
Healthy 5-Ingredient Granola Bars
(adapted from minimalist baker.com)
1 cup packed dates — you can find them in the bulk food aisle of Wegmans–cut in half and remove the pits
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup creamy salted natural peanut or almond butter
1 cup dry roasted unsalted almonds, coarsely chopped
1 and 1/2 cups rolled oats
Optional additions: chocolate chips, dried fruit, etc.
–Turn the oven to 350 degrees and toast the oats so they become slightly brown, about 15 minutes (you can usually smell them when they are ready).
–Line an 8 x 8 inch dish or pan with parchment paper or plastic wrap.
–Process the dates in a food processor until small bits remain (about 1 minute). It should form a “dough” like substance.
–Place the oats, almonds and dates in a bowl and set aside.
–Warm the honey and peanut butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir and pour the honey mixture over the oats and combine thoroughly, breaking up the dates to disperse throughout.
–Once mixed, transfer to the prepared pan. Press down until uniformly flattened. Cover with plastic wrap and let set in the fridge or freezer for 15-20 minutes to harden.
–Remove from the pan and cut into even bars. Store in an airtight container for up to a few days.