homemade granola bars

Homemade Granola Bars

I am completely obsessed with making my own granola bars and am so excited to share this post with y’all! You guys…these are SO good. I’m all about easy grab and go snacks, but I struggle with granola/snack bars. I love the convenience of them, but even with the volume of options available it’s still hard for me to stick with a brand. Either the taste or the nutrition is always just a little off.  So, why not make your own?

Homemade granola bars

All of the freshly toasted oats kitchen smells.

Making these was surprisingly easy. It’s a great Sunday afternoon activity (especially if you’re already meal prepping)! I found this recipe on What’s Gaby Cooking, and customized it to fit the supplies I had on hand. I’ve gotta say…it feels good knowing exactly what I’m consuming at snack time! These are perfect to pack for work or school. Read on for the recipe, and I definitely encourage experimenting with the ingredients to find what you like!

homemade granola bars

Eat them all immediately! Or wrap them and take them to go.

You’ll need:

  • 2 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup whole almonds, roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt

Instructions:

  1. Heat your oven to 350F. Line the bottom of a 9-inch square baking dish with parchment paper and lightly spray with cooking spray.
  2. Combine oats, almonds, coconut and sunflower seeds on a baking sheet and bake 7-10 minutes or until lightly toasted. Transfer to a large bowl.
  3. While the oat mix is toasting, combine the butter, honey, brown sugar, peanut butter, vanilla extract, chia seeds and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook until the butter melts and the sugar completely dissolves, stirring occasionally. Pour over the toasted oat mixture and add the dried cherries. Mix well. Let cool for 15 minutes, then add the mini chocolate chips and stir until well combined.
  4. Transfer the oat mixture to your baking dish. Using a rubber spatula, firmly press the mixture into the pan until the mixture is in a uniform layer. Transfer the entire pan to the refrigerator and chill for 2 hours.
  5. After the granola has cooled completely, gently lift it out of the pan using the parchment paper and cut into squares or bars.

Insider tip: When you cut the bars, you’ll have leftover granola. Save it and put it on some yogurt!

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