As someone who always seems to be on the go, I look for snacks that are portable, healthy and delicious. And while I am a big fan of granola bars, there are a few things that I don’t really like about the store bought bars– Mainly, the amount of unnecessary additions (like chemicals and the such) and the high amounts of sugar. Like seriously, some granola bars are practically candy.
So I thought, heck let’s just see how hard it is to make granola bars at home. Spoiler alert, not hard. I simply Googled, “homemade healthy granola bars” and found a quick and easy recipe. Then went out and bought all the ingredients and started playing around with the recipe until I found one that worked for me.
Below is my tried and true homemade granola bar recipe. It’s healthy, was really easy to prepare (taking about ten minutes total) and it tastes even better than a store bought bar. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
- Dates, pitted and chopped (between 3/4 to 1 cup)
- Oats, roasted or plain (about 1 to 1.5 cups)
- Almonds, whole or chopped but unsalted (half a cup)
- Cashews, whole or chopped, also unsalted (half a cup)
- Peanut Butter, the creamier and thicker the better (tried it with a runny one, NOT good) (a couple big spoonfuls, depending on how much peanut butter you like)
- Honey, just for a bit of sweetness but also to bind it all together (about 2 tablespoons)
- Chia seeds, add an extra healthy kick (about 2-3 tablespoons)
- Additions: chocolate chips (dark preferably), dried fruit (raisins, Craisins, etc.)
- Chop up your dates into small pieces, makes them easier to blend later on
- Optional: roast your oats for 10 minutes on low, you can also sprinkle some cinnamon on them for a nice flavor
- Then mix together your almonds, cashews, chia seeds and additions into a big mixing bowl
- Put your peanut butter, honey and (chopped) dates into a pot and turn to low; wait until everything is mixed together and the peanut butter is nice and melted (may have to keep stirring the whole time)
- Add your oats to the nut mixture, stir it up; can add more honey here as well if you like
- Blend your peanut butter/honey/date mixture (I used a Nutribullet), then pour on top of oats and nuts mix
- Then mix everything together, making sure everything gets coated with the peanut butter mixture (this will bind it together)
- Finally, put your granola bar mix onto a good sized baking sheet (a good idea is to line it underneath with parchment paper) and put it in the freezer for a couple of hours
You have homemade granola bars that are healthy, delicious, and filling. These bars are so much better than any store bought variety, that you won’t be missing the Kashi or Nutri-Grain bars anytime soon!
***To keep the granola bars fresh, keep them into the freezer. Or cut them into good sized pieces, wrap them with parchment paper and tape it together, and then keep the now packaged bars in the freezer or fridge.
Now you will have a healthy, delicious snack that you can take and enjoy anywhere!