Granola Bars can be so expensive [not to mention packed with sugar and other unhealthy additives]. This recipe is a great alternative and my family LOVES them! It is packed with protein to quickly alleviate those afternoon/late night hunger cravings. I borrowed this recipe from a friend and changed it to better fit our preferences, feel free to do the same! Enjoy!

2 c pitted dates
1 c almonds, finely chopped in food processor
1 c walnuts, finely chopped in food processor 
1 c unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 c of sunflower seeds
3 c whole oats
1/2 c natural peanut butter
1/2 c honey
1/2 cup of coconut oil

Process dates in food processor (add a little water if too thick). Place in large bowl and combine remaining ingredients until mixed well. Make into balls and eat immediately or freeze for later use. 

*Note, without the coconut oil, the mixture is more sticky and could be made into bars when pressed flat onto a baking sheet.

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