Store bought granola bars are usually one of two things: either loaded with sugar or very expensive. So, instead of buying, I make my own wholesome granola bars. They are easy to make, very tasty, and loaded with good for you goodness. They are perfect for a small energy boost early in the morning before I work out and great as a snack in the afternoon or any time hunger strikes. Another fabulous thing about this recipe is that it is adaptable to what you may have on hand or combinations you may want to try out.
1/3 c. honey
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted (or canola oil)
1 mashed banana (or 1/3 c. unsweetened applesauce)
1/3 c. unsweetened applesauce
1/3 c. peanut butter (I use homemade)
1 tsp vanilla
1 2/3 c. rolled oats
1/3 c. whole wheat flour
1/2 c. oat bran (or wheat germ)
1/4 c. flaxseed meal
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2/3 c. chopped nuts of choice (I usually use walnuts or almonds. Sometimes I do 1/3 c. nuts and 1/3 c. shredded unsweetened coconut for variation)
1/2 c. dried cranberries (or other dried fruit pieces)
1/2 c. chocolate chips (or more dried fruit)
In a large bowl, beat together honey, oil, banana, applesauce, peanut butter, and vanilla.
Add in oats, flour, oat bran, flaxseed meal, cinnamon, nuts, fruit, and chocolate chips and mix until completely combined.
Press into a greased 13×9 pan and bake at 350 degrees for 25-35 minutes or until edges are golden brown and the middle looks set. Cool completely before cutting into bars.
These keep very well in a sealed container for about a week at room temperature and also freeze great. Enjoy whenever you need a little wholesome snack!