Easy Peasy Granola Bars

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Okay, so I haven’t posted a foodie recipe for you guys yet – and this is one of our family’s personal favourites! Did you know that commercial granola bars often contain WOOD PULP? Yes, you heard me – wood pulp. Ever read “cellulose” on the ingredients list? Yup, you’ve got yourself some wood laced granola. Barf. Not to mention loads of soy, and other yucky ingredients used as preservatives. So when you find out how easy it is to DIY granola bars, maybe you will make the switch! Bonus – these bars are loaded with protein and healthy fats and oils. Say hello to your omegas, and get your energy fix here!

WET INGREDIENTS:
In a small heatable bowl, melt:

2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp coconut oil

Add to the small bowl and mix very well:

1/2 cup honey (preferably raw honey, not the crappy half corn syrup stuff)
1/2 cup nut butter of your choice (I do 1/4 cup peanut butter, 1/4 cup tahini)
1/2 tsp vanilla

DRY INGREDIENTS:
Mix together in a large bowl:

2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1/3 cup crispy rice cereal
1/2 cup flour (can be any kind, I use a gluten free mix)
1/2 cup hemp hearts
1/2 cup crushed cashews
1/2 cup chocolate chips OR raisins
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon

*You can sub the rice cereal for more oats, the hemp hearts for sesame or sunflower seeds, even chia seeds, and the cashews for any kind of nuts – walnuts or pecans would be better than harder nuts like almonds.

Combine and mix well the wet and dry ingredients, (*If you are using a stand mixer, just put the wet ingredients in first, mix them, and then add all the dry to the wet without need for pre-mixing the dry separately) and dump onto a well greased (with butter preferably) baking pan about 10″ by 15″ish. No larger or they will be too thin. Pack it down evenly and tightly, super well so it is nice and flat and dense.

Bake in a preheated oven at 350F for about 12 minutes or until it is golden brown. Watch carefully your first time through to avoid the edges burning!

When you take them out, GENTLY cut them into the sized squares you want before they start to cool. Carefully or they will break apart too much! Allow to cool down before removing them from the pan, or they will be too soft and break apart.

Store in airtight containers. These freeze well if you don’t gobble them all down at once!

If you see an identical post like this on another site called “Adventures in Mothering”, don’t worry, I am not plagiarizing – this is my old blog 😉

7 thoughts on “Easy Peasy Granola Bars

    • I cannot get behind the margarine (from my research this is just not something I would ever put in my body), but use it if you must! Subbing out the butter with coconut oil is a better option, IMO. Also, just FYI, these might not hold together if you omit the honey. It gives them some of their cohesion :). The agave is a LOT sweeter than the honey in the same concentration, so you might want to reduce the quantity. Happy, experimenting, though! This recipe definitely has some wiggle room 🙂

    • Ah yes, these are definitely not the most vegan friendly bars. I am not sure what you would do to compare to the stickiness of the honey in terms of vegan options! But def. try the coconut oil instead of the margarine :).

    • Hi again Paola, I asked my readers what they thought would be a good sub. for honey when used as a binding agent, and one suggested date paste! Maybe give this a shot as a sub? It’s super sticky 🙂 To make, simply take the pits out, and puree the dates with a tad of water – just enough to make the food processor work those dates 🙂

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