Snack, my other favorite meal! Everyone gets that afternoon energy dip, why not pre-make your own granola bars? These are simple to make, packed with energy boosting health benefiting ingredients, and very delicious.
By making your own granola bars you can control the sugar content, which is something to watch for when purchasing packaged granola bars. Since these granola bars use only honey and palm coconut sugar the nutritional value is increased due to these better forms of sugar.
Another great reason to make your own granola bars is that if you have kids, it is a great recipe to teach them. Getting kids in the kitchen at an early age really gets them interested in foods, and they are more likely to try different ingredients. Granola bars are a sneaky way to put all different kinds of health benefiting ingredients they wouldn't otherwise try.
I recommend making them on the weekends and then you don't have to worry the rest of the week about snack. Heck, I even grab one on those busy early mornings!
Yields 9 servings
2 1/2 cups rolled oats - you can purchase the Gluten-free rolled oats if you'd prefer
1/4 cup blanched almonds - roughly chopped
1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup or less palm/coconut sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup dried cranberries
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1/4 cup raisins
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Line a 9 inch square pan with parchment paper, coat with some oil.
Mix together in a bowl the oats, pumpkin seeds, and chopped almonds.
Place them evenly on a large baking sheet.
Toast until golden, about 7-10 minutes.
Then remove and them cool.
Meanwhile, place the butter, honey and sugar in a sauce pan. Melt them until the sugar has completely dissolved. Remove from the stove.
Place the add ins: cranberries, raisins, sea salt, chia seeds, and vanilla extract in a bowl.
Add the toasted seeds, oats, and nuts.
Then pour the liquid mixture over it. With a spatula, mix well so that everything is coated well.
Then pour the mixture into the lined baking dish. Evenly spread it to the corners and over top.
Place this in the fridge for up to 2 hours for it to set.
Once it has set, remove it from the fridge.
Gently pick it up from the parchment paper. With a very sharp knife, cut 9 rectangular servings.
Individually wrap them and keep them in the fridge ready to go.