Healthy Granola Bars Recipe

by Mandy on March 28, 2017 in Food, Homemaking

granola bars

Granola bars are a staple in our home.  My children think they are the perfect snack, and I do too. They are a combination of savory and sweet, are convenient for on-the-go snacking, and the can be healthy when they contain the right ingredients. I used to purchase prepackaged granola bars, but I started making my own a few years ago.  I’ve tried several different recipes, some tastier than others, but I’ve finally come up with our favorite version.  We have tree nut, gluten, and soy allergies in our family, and we try to eat healthy so I’ve listed healthy, allergy-friendly ingredients. To help with the cost of making your own granola bars, I would suggest ordering ingredients in bulk when you can.

Granola Bars

Ingredients:

Preparation Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  In a large bowl, toss the oats with the melted butter or coconut oil and sea salt. Spread the mixture out on 2 baking sheets and toast in the oven for about 7 minutes.  Then stir oats on the pan and bake for another 7 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F.
In a medium saucepan, combine the brown sugar, honey, juice and molasses. Heat the mixture slowly, stirring until all combined. Stir in the vanilla.  Toss together the toasted oats, rice cereal, and flaxseed, stirring as you pour. Toss to combine.  Press into 2 baking sheets line with parchment paper and allow to cool to for a few minutes (until they are cool to touch).  Sprinkle chocolate chips over top of bars and press chips bake until golden, about 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Cut pieces with a sharp knife and remove from the pan.

Variations:

Soy butter or sunflower seed butter:  Following all steps through stirring in the vanilla. Then add 1 cup of the soy or sunflower butter and stir until melted. Then follow the rest of the preparation instructions. You could include the chocolate chips or leave them out.

Peanut butter:  You can make peanut butter granola bars by following all steps through stirring in the vanilla.  Then add 1 cup of organic peanut butter.  Stir until peanut butter is melted.  Then follow the rest of the preparation instructions.  You could include the chocolate chips or leave them out.  Personally, I like chocolate and peanut butter together!

Nut:  You could chop your favorite nuts and add them in when you toss the oats, cereal and flaxseed.

Dried fruit:  Chop your favorite dried fruits add them in when you toss the oats, cereal and flaxseed.  I think dried cranberries would be an excellent choice.

Enjoy!!!

Mandy

Mandy is a blessed daughter of Jesus Christ. She has the honor and privilege of being a wife to her loving husband since 1993, homeschooling mommy to four blessings, and a happy homemaker. Mandy is a Southern Belle from The Palmetto State. She enjoys inviting women to join her quest for rubies amidst the ruckus of life. One way she accomplishes this by encouraging them on her blog: Motherhood-Ruckus and Rubies based on Proverbs 31. She is a Trim Healthy Mama, whose favorite past times include being a wife and mommy, camping with her family, reading, gardening, cooking, singing, fashion, piano, decorating, crafting, and grabbing anything chocolate and a cup of coffee with friends.

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