Homemade, healthy, and delicious granola bars that are so good you need to stop what you are doing and make them right now.
Sometimes I get on these crazy super healthy kicks where I want to make EVERYTHING. There was this one time I made greek yogurt, boy that was such a process and completely unrealistic. It took hours (actually it took a day and a half!!) and quite frankly ain’t nobody got time for that. These granola bars are no where near the hassle and something I plan to make each week. And they are the tastiest grab and go snack, or even breakfast, that is full of nutrition!
3 cups Old Fashioned Oats
1/2 cup Nuts (cashews, pumpkin sweets, almonds)
1 cup Nut Butter (I made homemade cashew butter)
1/2 cup Honey
2 tbsp Chia Seeds
1/2 cup Dark Chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 325*F and spray a 7×7 pan with oil.
2. In a small pot, on low heat, mix together nut butter and honey until fully mixed and creamy.
3. In a large bowl, mix together oats, nuts, and chia seeds. Then pour the nut butter and honey mix into large bowl. The dough should be sticky.
4. Press dough into oiled pan. Push down hard with a spatula/spoon to pack everything tightly.
5. Bake for 20-25 mins or until top is golden brown.
6. Allow granola bars to cool. Once cooled down turn the pan over and place on cutting board so the smooth side is up.
7. Melt dark chocolate chips and spread a thin layer of chocolate on the smooth side of the granola bars. Place in fridge until chocolate hardens. Then cut into 10 bars and keep refrigerated.
My Granola bar vs. Fiber One Chocolate Chewy Bar
Fat: 13.3g (Saturated: 3.5, Remaining fats are healthy!)
Ingredients: Oats, Almonds, Pumpkins Seeds, Cashew Butter, Honey, Chia Seeds, Dark Chocolate Chips
Fat: 4g (Saturated: 2g)
Ingredient List: Chicory Root Extract, Semisweet Chocolate Chips, Whole Grain Oats, Corn Syrup, Rice Flour, Barley Flakes, Sugar, Canola and Palm Kernel Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, High Maltose Corn Syrup, Maltodextrin, Tricalcium Phosphate, Sugarcane Fiber, Soy Lecithin, Cocoa Processed with Alkali, Salt, Fructose, Malt Extract, Carmel Color, Cellulose Gum, Baking Soda, Milk, Natural Flavor, Mixed Tocopherols
There are tons of snacks out there that claim to be healthy and all natural, but more often than not it’s just marketing to get you to buy their product. You have to read the ingredient list – not just how many calories it contains. It could be 140 calories, but if it has tons of ingredients that I can’t pronounce then it’s not a very nutritious choice.
If you simply don’t have time to make your own, choose bars with fewer ingredients, a good source of protein and fiber to keep you full until your next meal. If I was in a rush and had to grab a snack from the store I would most likely go with Kind Bars or fruit.
My other favorite healthy snacks: almond & dates, apple & pb (peanut butter with only one ingredient, no hydrogenated oil like in Skippy), homemade granola & plain greek yogurt.