I used to think of granola bars as something less than ideal. They were what I grabbed when I woke up late, was running low on groceries, or had no other options.
I mean, they aren’t bad, but I never thought of them as tasty.
Then my sister-in-law let me taste one of her “healthy” homemade bars. I wasn’t too excited and had very low expectations, but one bite, and I was floored!
They were chewy, gooey, crunchy, sweet and savory – all at once! I immediately asked her for the recipe. Now they are something that I make every two weeks (the recipe makes 16 bars).
Every morning I get excited to have my chocolatey oatmeal bar with my coffee. Plus, these bars have fixed 20 years of digestive issues for me! I’ve never felt better.
Note: After making these bars for a few years, I found a new recipe that I like better only because it is much faster and requires no cooking! If that interests you, check out my recipe for my Superfood Cookie Dough Bites.
Homemade Granola Bars
5 cups dry oats
1 cup peanut butter OR almond butter
1/2 cup honey
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1 cup milk
2 TBS ground flaxseed
Any preferred mix-ins: blueberries, raisins, dried cranberries, dried cherries, sunflower kernels, chopped walnuts, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, coconut, chia seeds, etc.
Preheat oven to 350.
Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
Press into a greased 9×13 pan with a spatula.
Bake for 18 minutes.
Cool for 20 minutes.
Cut into 16 bars.
Wrap individually with plastic wrap.
Thaw 1-2 at a time as needed.