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.
- 6 cups Organic Rolled Oats
- 1/4 cup Butter, Melted, or Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
- 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
- 6 tablespoons Pyure or Gentle Sweet all natural sweeteners
- 1/2 cup Organic Raw Honey
- 1/4 cup Cranberry Juice
- 1/4 cup Unsulphured Molasses
- 3 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1-1/2 cup Puffed Rice Cereal
- 1/2 cup Flaxseed meal
- 10 ounces Enjoy Life Allergy Free chocolate chips
- Parchment paper to line pan
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.
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.