Years ago, my mom had a major career change and went through 6 weeks of intense, physical training. She was honestly gone for 12-13 hours a day and she really needed a snack to help her get through these tough training periods. I had just begun my culinary journey and offered to make my mom some granola bars to help give her some of the energy she needed (I wanted to help in any little way that I could). She said that would be a great idea and thus began my endeavor to perfect my granola bar. These granola bars were so packed with fiber and energy that my mom needed just a few bars and lunch for her day!
If you guys are in need of some good, healthy, and filling snacks, these babies are the key!
I’m a huge fan of bringing granola bars as part of a snack or lunch when you are super busy because they keep you filled for a good long time, they’re super healthy (as long as you incorporate the right things) and they are super yummy! When I remembered to bring them, these granola bars were my saving grace getting through 14-16 hour shifts. Along with the physical labor, these kept me in great shape.
Now making granola bars is super simple and feel free to use my recipe as more of a guideline and substitute whatever you want into them. I’m merely showing you the technique and what I happened to have on hand in my pantry.
I always start off with oats; these are your foundation for granola bars: super full of fiber and beautiful vitamins, oats really help give granola the nutrient power punch. The nuts carry healthy fats and some protein to help sustain your energy for longer! Various dried fruits are also high in fiber, helping you feel fuller for longer and they also help break up the monotonous texture that oats and nuts can have. The honey keeps things sweet and helps bind everything together.
Like I said before, feel free to empty your entire pantry into these granola bars. Adding some sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds would lend some nice flavor as well as some different vitamins as well! I throw in flaxseeds into my granola because I really think that they pair really well with oatmeal and it’s an easy way to get some Omega-3 fatty acids into my day. They’re economical and easy to find. Those are my go-to seed add ins!
Have fun with this recipe!
As you can see, I like to eat them as bars:
Crumbled up over my yogurt or parfaits:
Or even as little granola muffin cups filled with some greek yogurt:
(follow the recipe and instead of filling a 9×13 pan, filled greased muffin tins and bake for the same amount of time)
This recipe is super versatile so have fun with all of the different add-ins, spices, and even ways to eat them! Let me know what your favorite way to eat granola is!
- 4 cups oats
- 1/4 cup flaxseeds
- 1/2 cup almonds sliced
- 1/2 cup walnuts peices or halves
- 1/2 cup peanuts
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup dried blueberries
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 ounces Butter
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place nuts on a sheet tray in a single layer and roast for 5 minutes.
In a saucepot, bring sugar, honey, butter, oil and seasonings to a boil or until sugar is dissolved and butter is melted. Set off to the side and cool.
In a large bowl, mix together oats, seeds, nuts and dried fruit. Mix well. Add sugar and fat mixture and mix until granola comes together.
Line a 9x13 pan with parchment paper (or you can grease with nonstick cooking spray) and spread granola mix evenly. Bake in the oven at 325 degrees for about 30 minutes. Cool and cut into bars.