These Almond Joy Cereal Bars combine Quaker Oats/granola with dates, coconut, and chocolate to create a delicious no-bake recipe perfect for any time of the day.
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No matter how you feel about resolutions, eating better is a goal almost everyone can get behind. I recommitted to eating better this year. One practical step towards reaching my goal, is having wholesome snacks handy and ready to go.
Homemade granola bars are one snack I like to have around at any time. I can make them with a variety of better-for-you ingredients and they are such an easy take-along snack for busy days. I also love that this is a no-bake recipe - so the bars come together in almost no time.
There are 3 parts to basically any homemade cereal bars - the base, the flavoring agents and the binder. I got all the ingredients to make this snack at Walmart. On we go.
The Oat / Granola Base Is Versatile with Quaker Products
Let's start with the base. I used Quaker® Life cereal and oats. You could use (toasted) rolled oats, but I went for Quaker® Simply Granola Oats, Honey, And Almonds because I thought the honey and almonds would nicely underline the Almond Joy flavor (Quaker® Oatmeal Squares cereal and Quaker® Real Medleys® granola would also work great to build the base of snack bars).
Which brings us to the flavor add-ins. In this recipe, they are sliced almonds, desiccated coconut and chocolate chips.
Dates Are A Perfect Binder For the Oats
Since these are no-bake bars, I needed a fairly sticky binder. Dates in combination with almond butter and honey do a great job of holding everything together.
After measuring/weighing out the dates, remove the pits and whirl them in a food processor until fairly smooth. Usually they first form a ball and then spread around the sides of the bowl. Scrape down as needed with a rubber spatula.
In the meantime, warm the almond butter and honey (microwave or stove top) and pulse them with the dates until just combined. Don't skip the warming part and don't overmix; otherwise the oil from the almond butter tends to separate out. Because science.
Add the binder (it should still be warm) to the remaining ingredients and work them together with a spatula.
Combine Ingredients and Mix
The warm binder will make mixing a little easier and will also melt some of the chocolate chips so they will spread throughout the entire bars. The Quaker® Life cereal will break up in the process and give the bars a crisp and airy texture with every bite.
Spread the mixture in a lined dish and press down to flatten and spread out.
Give it at least 15 minutes in the freezer or half an hour in the fridge before cutting into bars.
I like to store these Almond Joy Cereal Bars in a Zip Top Container in the freezer. This makes sure they are fresh when I take them out individually as needed.
Almond Joy Cereal Bars
- 1 cup dates pitted (6 ounces weighed with pits)
- ½ cup almond butter
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 cup Quaker® Life cereal
- 1 ½ cups toasted oats or granola; I used Quaker® Simply Granola Oats, Honey, And Almonds
- ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- ¼ cup desiccated unsweetened coconut
- ¼ almonds sliced
- Blend pitted dates in a food processor until smooth. Scrape down sides.
- Warm almond butter and honey either on the stove top or in the microwave. Add to blended dates and pulse until combined.
- In a large bowl toss Quaker® Life cereal, toasted oats or granola, chocolate chips, coconut and almonds. Add date mixture and work into the dry ingredients with a spatula or wooden spoon.
- (The Quaker® Life cereal will break up into the mix).
- When everything is evenly combined, dump mixture in a lined 8x8-inch dish and press down to spread it out.
- Place dish into fridge (30 minutes) or freezer(15 minutes) to set up. Cut into bars. Store covered.
Note: Nutrition facts are for 1 out of 10 bars. I used rolled oats instead of granola for the calculations.
For more creative ideas with Quaker® cold cereals check out Quaker® Cereal Love!
Now that I shared one of my favorite snack ideas, I'd love to hear how your are snacking in the New Year. Let me know in the comments below!
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Almond Joys, like most candy bars, are not considered a health food. They contain sugar and fats, which should be consumed in moderation.
Almond Joy was introduced in 1946 by the Peter Paul Candy Manufacturing Company. It features a sweet coconut filling topped with almonds and covered in milk chocolate.
Yes, both Mounds and Almond Joy are produced by The Hershey Company, but they have different ingredients. Almond Joy includes almonds, while Mounds does not.
A cereal bar can be considered healthy if it is made with nutritious ingredients such as whole grains, nuts, seeds, and natural sweeteners, while keeping added sugars and artificial ingredients to a minimum.
Cereal bars that contain whole grains, fiber, and protein, and are low in added sugars and artificial ingredients are generally considered healthier options. Look for bars with natural ingredients and minimal processing.