Who’s looking for some all-natural snack options that actually taste good? I know I always am. Life has slowed down a bit lately around our house. We’re renovating a little less and living a little more. I’m getting back into a cooking routine and focusing on getting healthier snacks back into our home. Granola bars have always been a favorite snack in our house. If you’re health conscious and read the labels of your snack foods you might have noticed that those “healthy” granola bars can have just as much junk in them as the Little Debbie’s. So what do you do? You make your own!
Don’t worry, homemade granola bars are extremely easy to make at home. No fancy equipment is needed. I want to share our favorite granola bar recipe with you. It’s very easy to adapt and you might just have everything you need in your pantry right now!
All Natural Chewy Granola Bars
- 1/3 cup Sucanat or preferred dry natural sugar
- 2/3 cup Peanut butter or almond butter
- 3/4 cup Raw honey of choice
- 2 tbsp Hot water
- 2 tsp Vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups Rolled oats
- 1 cup Freshly milled flour
- 1/2 cup Sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup Finely chopped nuts Walnuts or pecans work great
- 1/2 cup Dried cranberries or raisins (optional)
- 1/2 - 3/4 cup Chocolate Chips (optional)
- 1/2 cup Shredded coconut (optional)
Mix the sugar, nut butter, honey, vanilla and water until well mixed.
Add the rolled oats, flour, sunflower seeds, nuts and optional ingredients and stir.
Press into a greased 9x13" pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until golden.
Cool and cut into bars. You should be able to get 24 bars. This recipe can be converted to your taste preferences. Store at room temperature.
As mentioned in the recipe, you don’t have to use peanut butter. You can use almond butter, sunflower or whatever butter you have on hand. I use sunflower butter because I am allergic to peanuts and my son can not have tree nuts. Between the two of us, we cover them all! I did not have coconut or raisins on hand when I made these, so again it’s super easy to adapt to what you do have. They only take a couple minutes to mix up and bake. They’re really filling and super yummy if I say so myself! I’m not a big breakfast kinda gal so I’ll grab one of these and I’m good to go.
I hope you all have had a great week. I’m looking forward to the weekend. Have a lovely Friday friends and happy baking!
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