Who does not love granola bars? I know everyone in our family does! We used to buy Chewy Bars at the grocery store, but they are loaded with sugar, and they are made in a factory. Since becoming a mom, I’ve been more aware of the importance of making your own food. After all, if you have the time (and I do), why not? It is an investment in both you and your family’s health. That being said, we still love sugar and eating out. Just because I’m aware of the need to eat healthy food does not mean I always do a great job of it (womp womp). However, if I can even minimally decrease the amount of processed and unhealthy food that we eat, it is worthwhile. Small bits of positive change will lead to big results someday, so we have to stick with it.
These granola bars are so easy, and they are delicious! They are also very customizable, which is always a plus. They can be made with whole ingredients like all natural honey, natural peanut butter, etc, or they can be made with regular ingredients; it’s all your preference. I like to use a local honey if possible, but we just moved and my panty stock is not up to par just yet.
The basic ingredients will be the quick rolled oats, peanut butter, honey, sliced or chopped almonds, salt, and cinnamon. You can easily make additions such as raisins, chocolate chips, or dried fruit, according to your tastes and preferences. The following recipe will be for the way our family likes our granola bars. Anything outside of the aforementioned basic ingredients is purely preference. Another thing of note, the measurements are somewhat approximate. I tend to not be very exact when I cook; I like to eyeball and taste test my food to assess how it is coming together rather than continually checking a recipe. Sometimes this gets me into trouble, but this granola recipe is very difficult to mess up!
I like to add chocolate chips for sweetness, and the miniature chocolate chips work best. It helps to limit the sugar while still providing some sweetness. Another option is to trade the chocolate chips for melted chocolate drizzled on top. Or, you could do both if you are having a chocolate craving :). I also like to add flaxseed, as it is very high in fiber, which is great for making you feel full faster while helping to maintain regularity and efficiency of your gastrointestinal system. The flaxseed does not add any flavor to the bar, just nutritional value. That’s fine by me!
You will need the following:
- 9×13 glass dish
- 1 medium sized mixing bowl
- 2 cups quick cook rolled oats
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/4 cup flaxseed
- 1/3-1/2 cups chocolate chips (preferably, mini chocolate chips)
- 1/3-1/2 cup chopped or sliced almonds
- Cinnamon to taste
- A dash of salt
Mix all of your dry ingredients together before adding in the peanut butter and honey. Add in the honey and peanut butter, and then stir until it is well combined.
Once it is well combined, dump the mixture into the glass baking pan. Use a wooden spoon to press the mixture down so it is packed down and even throughout. Put it in the fridge to let it set up for an hour or two. Cut, and enjoy! The mixture will be slightly crumbly, so be aware of this. The crumbly nature makes it a great addition to yogurt!
I hope you enjoy this simple and healthy granola bar recipe! It is just so delicious, I had to share it with you! What would you add to this recipe?