Remember my recipe for homeade granola? Well, last week I got a request for a healthy granola bar recipe. My immediate thought: Why not make my favorite granola into bars that can serve as a great snack on the run?
I started making my own granola at home, because most of the store-bought kind is laden with multiple forms of sugar and can actually be rather expensive. So I devised this convenient and healthy recipe.
But the same goes for granola bars. When most people think of granola bars, they figure they are a healthy snack. But the opposite often holds true: Many store-bought brands have little to no nutritional value. and laden with high fructose corn syrup.
Well not these granola bars!
Honey- has Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Viral, and Anti-Fungal properties, and aids in digestion
Peanut Butter-high in protein, excellent source of niacin, biotin, B vitamins, calcium and potassium. Rich in tryptophan which promotes healthy nervous system functioning. Good source of boron, which plays a vital role in bone health
Coconut oil-rich in lauric acid which boosts immunity and fights infection, provides stress relief, and aids in proper digestion and metabolism
Raw honey, coconut oil and flax seeds make these granola bars not only flavorful, but nutritionally packed with healthy Omega-3s, antioxidants and vitamins and minerals.
Give these granola bars a try for a healthy weekday snack! Your kids are sure to love them too!
Peanut Butter Granola Bars
4 cups old-fashioned oats
2 tablespoons coconut oil (can swap for olive oil)
1/2 cup raw honey
3/4 cup natural peanut butter
1/4 cup flax seeds
1/2 cup nuts (optional)
sea salt to taste
1/3 cup dried fruits, nuts or seeds of your choice (optional)
Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl, combine oats, coconut oil, honey, peanut butter, flax seeds, nuts and salt to taste. Mix to combine. Add in additional honey if mixture is still dry.
Using a spatula or your hands, press mixture evenly in a greased 9 x 13 baking dish. Bake for 25 minutes. Let cool then slice into bars. Enjoy!