Chances are… you’ve eaten a granola bar in your life. Chances are… it is your “healthy” snack when you get hungry in class, at work or at home.
Have you ever taken your time to read the nutrition label? Yes, the front says whole grain, high fiber, no fructose corn syrup or trans fat. HOWEVER, that does not mean it’s a healthy granola bar! If you read the label, it may contain different types of sweeteners such as sugar, invert sugar, corn syrup, brown rice syrup, brown sugar, molasses or corn syrup solids. Those are all forms of sugar, and many granola bars are PACKED with them. Many bars have brown rice syrup or sugar as the FIRST ingredient. When I see sugar as the first ingredient in ANYTHING, I immediately put it back on the shelf. There probably is also a bunch of preservatives and ingredients you’ve never heard of.
To me, the smaller the ingredient list, the better.
After reading a label, I like to look up ingredients I’ve never heard of (it’s because I’m a nutrition major).
Ingredients in a Chocolate CHEWY Granola Bar:
Granola (Whole Grain Rolled Oats, Brown Sugar, Crisp Rice [Rice Flour, Sugar, Salt, Malted Barley Extract], Whole Grain Rolled Wheat, Soybean Oil, Dried Coconut, Whole Wheat Flour, Sodium Bicarbonate, Soy Lecithin, Caramel Color, Nonfat Dried Milk, Semisweet Chocolate Chips (Sugar, Chocolate Liquor, Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin, Vanilla Extract), Corn Syrup, Brown Rice Crisp (Whole Grain Brown Rice, Sugar, Malted Barley Flour, Salt), Invert Sugar, Sugar, Corn Syrup Solids, Glycerin, Soybean Oil. Contains 2% or less of Sorbitol, Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Water, Soy Lecithin, Molasses, Natural Andartificial Flavor, BHT (Preservative), Citric Acid.
Ingredients in my HOMEMADE Granola Bar:
Quaker Raw Oats, Unsalted Organic Peanut Butter, Clover Honey, Unsweetened Dried Raisins, Almonds, Flaxseeds, Almonds, Hemp Hearts.
How about make your own homemade all-natural granola bars with 3 simple base ingredients, and add whatever fruits and nuts you want? They can be stored & eaten over time too!! The 3 simple ingredients are oats, peanut butter & honey. No artificial sweeteners or preservatives. It’s THAT simple.
& ITS SO ADDICTING. Last night I ate so much I didn’t have room for dinner. Oops.
You can add your favorite types of seeds/nuts such as almonds, peanuts, pecans, hemp hearts, chia seeds, flax seeds, ETC. There are so many options! Then you add some dried fruit (I prefer unsweetened) such as raisins, cranberries, blueberries, apricots, ETC. So many options!
Ingredients: Makes 30 2.5×1.5 inch bars
3 cup Quaker Raw Oats
1/2 cup unsalted peanut butter (or another nut butter)
1/2 cup honey
1 cup seeds or nuts (almonds, pecans, flax, sunflower seeds, hemp hearts, etc)
1 cup unsweetened dried fruit (raisins, blueberries, cranberries, apricots, etc)
The 3 main ingredients for the granola bar. Raw Oats, Clover Honey and Organic Unsalted Peanut Butter. The ingredient list for my honey is literally … “Honey”. The peanut butter… literally just “Organic Valencia Peanuts”.
These are the fruits, nuts and seeds I chose. All from Trader Joes 🙂
I make sure my dried fruit does not have anything else instead of the fruit itself. For example, the ingredients for the raisins I bought literally only says Raisins. I don’t want any added sugar or oil, thanks.
Can you say delicious? I made my whole house smell.
This is my first time making them and I must say it was a success!
A tip: Add a little more honey or peanut butter? Some parts of the side fell apart. It’s okay though, it’s like muesli! I can eat it as cereal or in my oatmeal. Or even as a little granola mix snack :’)
OR I might have not pressed on it hard enough before putting it in the fridge or baking. Make sure you really press all the ingredients together and make it compact.
1. Pour the raw oats in a large mixing bowl.
2. Add the seeds, dried fruit and nuts into the same bowl and mix well.
3. In a separate bowl, add the peanut butter (or almond butter, sunflower seed butter, etc) and honey. Mix well and combine until creamy.
4. Pour the peanut butter mixture over the oat mixture and stir until well combined.
5. Prepare a large baking tray with parchment paper & let the edges of the paper extend off the sides of pan.
6. Pour granola mixture onto the parchment paper.
7. Press the granola down firmly like a big sheet of granola bar. Make it about 1/2 inch thick & smooth the top.
8. Allow the whole bar to chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
9. Bake the bars for 30 minutes at 200 F.
10. Let bars cool on the baking tray for 10 minutes before cutting them or lifting them off the parchment paper.
11. When cooled, cut into bar shapes! Enjoy 😛
IT’S SO DELICIOUS. Use the parchment paper to wrap the bars you don’t eat them all. To keep it fresh, store them in an airtight container at room temperature.
Nutrition Facts Per Bar
Calories: 121 calories
Fat: 5.15 grams
Carbs: 15.95 grams
Dietary Fiber: 2.36 grams
Protein: 3.51 grams
Sugar: 8.0 grams