|It’s like pie…but healthier!|
I love granola bars. Well then again, as my sister says, what don’t I love when it comes to food? My friend and I were answering “best friend” tag questions just for fun at a dinner party and when she had to answer what my favorite food was, she answered “All of them!” I had a hard time disagreeing with her (although I will say I have a greater affinity towards sweets than other types of food, but if you’ve taken a look at my recipe index that shouldn’t come as a surprise).
Anyways, I’m here to tell you these granola bars are your new best friend! Slept in and now you’re rushing to school/work/super-important-interview/dropping your kid off and no time for a wholesome, nutritious breakfast to power your busy morning??!!!! Or you’re stuck in the office during your lunch break or you’re sitting in class and all of a sudden a baby whale starts moaning from within the depths of your stomach? Well, no longer my friend! No longer do you have to fish out 6 freaking whole dollars for a measly box of 5 “healthy” granola bars (honestly, the few times I have picked up a box of those at the grocery store I was internally wincing that I was forking out so much money for a box of granola bars that wouldn’t even last in my house for 2 days, let alone 2 weeks!) I don’t know about you but I don’t think any single granola bar is worth $1.20. Or maybe I just like a little bang with my buck. Or maybe I’m just Desi.
- It’s cost-efficient.
- I know EXACTLY what is going in my granola bars, and therefore EXACTLY what is going into my body
- They’re delicious! End of story.
I actually just finished making a second batch today. I made some a few days ago but it was all gone by the next day cause everyone kept eating it! I ate it for breakfast with Greek yogurt and strawberries and then again before lunch, and then again after lunch, and then again just because they’re kind of addicting…and then again.
|For this much granola, double the recipe below|
No-Bake Granola Bar Recipe
- 2 cups old fashioned oats
- ½ cup shredded coconut
½ cup chopped pecans
½ cup chopped cashews
½ cup roasted sunflower seeds
¼ cup flax seed
½ cup chopped almonds (optional)
dash of cinnamon (optional)
¼ cup dark brown sugar
- ½ cup honey or agave
- 2 Tb coconut oil (you can sub vegetable oil or butter)
- 2 tsp vanilla powder
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ cup dark chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spread oats, coconut, pecans, cashews, sunflower seeds, flax seed, and almonds on a baking sheet. Place in oven for about 15-20 minutes to toast (watch carefully! You want them to toast nicely but be careful not to burn anything) Add cinnamon to the mix afterward.
- Mix brown sugar, honey, oil/butter, vanilla, and salt in a medium/large saucepan on medium heat until the brown sugar dissolves.
- Add oat mixture to saucepan and mix to combine. Add dark chocolate chips and mix until they are dispersed throughout the granola*
- Pour into baking dish or cookie sheet and press down. Let cool completely. Cut into bars and serve.