Who doesn’t love granola bars? They are perfect to eat on the go and work for breakfast or an afternoon snack. They are usually low-cal which helps us feel good about eating them, but many off the shelf granola bars have a lot of extra ingredients in them that we don’t need. The big one? Sugar. Many bars sneak in a good bit of added, refined sugar. Not to mention all of the preservatives and “natural flavors” that we don’t even know are there! These homemade granola bars use simple, natural ingredients. Oats provide protein and fiber to help keep you full, while almonds, cashews, and coconut provide protein, healthy fats, and tons of other vitamins and minerals that we need. They also add a lot of flavor! Cinnamon and a little honey will satisfy your sweet tooth without you getting a sugar overload. Make a batch before a long trip or before your work week, so you can just grab and go!
What you need:
2 cups oats, pulsed briefly in food processor
1 cup raw almonds, chopped
1 cup coconut, shredded
½ cup raw cashews, chopped
1 cup nut butter, almond or peanut
½ cup honey
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
What you do:
- Toast almonds and cashews in a skillet over medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Transfer to mixing bowl.
- Add oats, coconut, cinnamon, and salt. Stir well until blended.
- In a separate bowl, combine nut butter and honey until smooth.
- Add nut butter/honey mixture to dry ingredients and stir until evenly combined.
- Put mixture into a baking dish lined with parchment paper. (Make sure the edges of the parchment paper are sticking out of the sides, so you can easily remove it later.) Use a spoon or bowl to pack the mixture into the pan.
- Cover and refrigerate for a couple of hours or overnight.
- Using sides of parchment paper, lift mixture out of the pan.
- Cut into rectangles or squares and enjoy!
Tip: Keep refrigerated for freshness and to keep the bars firm. They can also be frozen for later use!