blueberry lemon granola bars in the wild

Blueberry Lemon Granola Bars

I have make it a point to try to decrease my waste when heading out camping, and I realized that a huge plastic waste contributor are the granola bars we always grab on our way out the door. 

So that motivated me to make my own. 

And Lara bars are my absolute favorite. They are light, have a bunch of different flavors, and are so delicious. Plus, they only have a couple ingredients (including my new favorite snack, dates). 

So I ventured out to make my own Lara bars with a little more protein punch…. 

And it was a lot easier than I thought. 

With just a couple simple, cheap, vegan ingredients in my cupboard, I was able to make a lower waste option for snacking with camping, hiking, rock climbing, biking, or whatever else we may be doing outside. 

ingredients for lemon blueberry homemade granola bars
By making your own granola bars, you know that your ingredients are fresh, and mostly waste-free.

Description: Blueberry Lemon Granola Bars

Diet: Plant- Based, Vegan, Soy-free

Ways to make low-waste: buy fresh fruit, buy bulk oats, buy bulk peanut butter, use leftover nuts and seeds in your pantry

Recipes makes: 12 granola bars

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

4 cups of oats

1 & 1/2 cups of peanut butter 

1 cup of dates

Add-ins: 

Blueberries

1/2 Lemon

Pepitas

Chia Seeds

 

How-To: 

mix-in ingredients for blueberry lemon granola bars

Combine oats, and mix-ins (chia seeds and pepitas)

Blend the dates in a food processor

blended dates for blueberry lemon granola bars
Dates are a great way to sweeten up the granola bar, as well as get it all to stick together (just like my favorite granola bars: Lara bars).

Add dates to oats and mix-ins

Melt peanut butter over the stove

Pour over oats and date mixture 

Combine all ingredients and blueberries

fresh blueberries for lemon blueberry granola bars
Fresh blueberries are the perfect little tart addition to all the peanut butter and oats.

 Press mixture into a lined pan

blueberry lemon granola bars in a pan
I found that the best way to mix the granola bars and press it into the pan was with my hands. Don’t be afraid to get a little messy.

Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes

Cut into 12 bars, and take on your next adventure

blueberry lemon granola bars in the wild
Blueberry lemon granola bars in the wild

Your full time plant eater, and now granola bar maker, 

 

AJ 

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