How To Make Healthy Granola Bars?
Today’s topic is about how to make healthy and delicious granola bars at home. We’ll talk about two types: baked and non baked granola bars. Since it is summer at the moment I prefer the non baked option. In order to make it hold it’s shape we’ll keep it in the freezer, so it is nice and cold. Then again in winter one might like the baked version best. It is just delightful and yet healthy so grab your pen and start to make notes!
So which products can we use to make these mysterious granola bars?
- Sweetener – honey, dates, agave, coconut sugar, banana.
- Seeds – chia, flaxseed, hemp seeds, sesam seeds, sunflower seeds etc.
- Dried fruits – apricot, raisins, pineapple, apple, cranberry etc.
- Nuts – peanuts, almond, cashew, pistachio, walnuts etc.
- More – oats, peanut butter, coconut oil, coconut flakes, vanilla extract, cornflakes, salt, dark chocolate.
Non Baked Version
- 10 dates
- 1,5 cup of oats
- 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
- 2 tablespoon of coconut oil
- tablespoon of dried fruits (choose your favorite)
- tablespoon of chopped nuts (choose your favorite)
Firstly let’s look at our dates. If they are a bit dry then soak them in water for 10 minutes. Afterwards add them to the blender or food processor. Next step is adding the coconut oil and peanut butter – blend them all until they are nice and smooth. Now it’s time to chop your fruits and nuts. I used raisins, apricot, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds and cashews. Sounds healthy, doesn’t it? Take a bowl and add the oats, nuts and fruits, blend with mixture of dates, and peanut butter. Although it is tempting to eat the whole mix already, just try to resist!You won’t regret it! Put it all that into medium food box, something like this – Rubbermaid Brilliance Food Storage Container, Medium, 3.2 Cup, Clear, 2-Pack (2025333). Press it tightly into the container and put it in the freezer for at least 2 hours.
I know it was a long time to wait but finally they are ready. They are perfect with your morning coffee or tea. Anyway you should eat them when they are cold, because they can crumble quite easily when they warm up. Full of healthy and nutritious ingredients!
Ok, so now the baked option of granola bars. Not only are they as healthy as the non baked ones but also they taste like heaven! These are in fact perfect for lunch snack or for kids to take to school. To be honest I think they are even better the next day. This is of course subjective but try it out and let me know how you liked yours best!
- 2 bananas
- 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
- 1,5 tablespoons of honey
- 120 g (4,5 oz) oats
- 30 g (1 oz) of cashew
- 40 g (1,5 oz) of different seeds
- 1 tablespoon of flax seeds
- cinnamon for taste
- pinch of salt
Firstly, smash the bananas in the bowl, add peanut butter, honey, cinnamon and salt. Then chop the cashews and add to mixture. Afterwards add other dry ingredients according to your taste. Blend them all together, take medium baking dish and press it tightly on the bottom. Finally place some thin banana slices on top. Bake 40 minutes on 180 degrees and voila!
All that’s left to do now is to enjoy your healthy granola bars! PS – you might want to hide them from your kids so they don’t eat them all:D
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