There is a vast array of snack bars, protein bars and crunchy snack items on the market. I love making my own snack bars since I can choose my ingredients and know there are no stabilizers or added sugar. These bars couldn’t be easier to make as they don’t even require cooking, just a trip to the freezer. Almond butter is the base of the bar, and the oats keep the bars together along with maple syrup. I added lightly toasted chopped pecans and dark chocolate chips. You can substitute slivered almonds or another favorite nut, if you choose. Nuts can be toasted in a dry skillet or in a 350 degree F oven spread out on a sheet tray for 5 minutes, or until they are lightly browned and fragrant. These are crumbly bars and hold together better if stored in the refrigerator.