Healthy Granola Bar Recipe

Can granola bars be healthy? Of course they can! We just have to make them ourselves. This recipe is very easy and involves no cooking. I mix them in my Kitchen Aid mixer. Of all my kitchen appliances, that is the one I miss the most when the power is out for whatever reason.  Back to the healthy part. There is a bit of honey but I use local raw honey. That way I at least get the possible allergy relief. Old-fashioned oats are used at my house. As for the nuts, walnuts are used most around here but I have added some pecans. Whatever you like will work. Most of my recipes are just basic guidelines. Feel free to adapt them to suit your taste. Anyway, here is the recipe:

Healthy Granola Bars

3 cups old-fashioned oatmeal

Uncut granola bars in pan

1 cup coarsely chopped nuts

1 cup coarsely chopped dried fruit

1 tbs chia seeds

2 tbs ground cinnamon

1/4 cup raw honey

1 cup natural peanut butter (check the ingredients, Some brands have sugar or salt)

Stir the dry ingredients until mixed fairly well. Add the honey and peanut butter. Mix until everything is coated.

Place a piece of wax paper in the bottom of a 8 or 9 inch square cake pan where it sticks up on two sides. Pour mixture into cake pan and press it down. Put in the refrigerator for a couple of hours.

Lift out using the edges of the wax paper that were left sticking up. Cut into the size you like. I cut the 9-in square pan into 12 bars. Wrap in wax paper and store in the refrigerator.

Please let me know how you like them and changes you made to the recipe so the rest of us can try them.

single granola bar on wax paper

This pic is an example of a single healthy granola bar. Please note it isn’t a full bar. I was nibbling as I was typing and forgot to take a pic before I started.  Enjoy!

 

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