You know how it’s annoying to buy the “healthy” granola bars because they cost a billion times more than the cheap sugar-filled granola bars? I finally bit the bullet and decided to start making my own! Not only are they DELICIOUS and much lower in sugar – there is a little to help hold them together – but when you buy the ingredients in bulk they are also a huge money saver. Feel free to add in your own fun ingredients and let me know what new creations you come up with! I think next time I want to use dried cherries, coconut, and dark chocolate (of course)!
2 cups oatmeal
1/4 cup flaxseeds
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
2 cups puffed quinoa
1/2 cup almonds, roughly chopped
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped
1/4 cup goji berries
1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon coconut oil
4 tablespoon brown sugar*
2/3 cup honey*
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup dark chocolate, chopped
*These bars were a little sweet for my liking, so I tried making my second batch with zero sugar and 1/2 cup honey. They were still pretty sweet but they still stuck together!
- Preheat oven to 350F and toast oatmeal, flaxeed, and pumpkin seeds on a pan for approximately 10 minutes, until they start to turn golden brown and become fragrant. Remove from oven and let cool.
- Pour cooled oats and seeds into a large bowl and add the puffed quinoa, almonds, chia seeds, dried cranberries, apricots, and goji berries. Mix together.
- Combine the coconut oil, sugar, and honey in a small pot and heat on low until the sugar has dissolved. Turn the heat up and bring mixture to a boil for one minute. Remove from heat and stir in the salt and cinnamon before pouring the liquid contents into the oat mixture and stir until everything is combined.
- Let stand until cool, around ten minutes, before adding in the chocolate.
- Empty the mixture into a 10in square casserole dish that is lined with parchment paper. Press the mixture down firmly – you may use the base of a glass to help you press it firmly down. Place the dish in the fridge for 1-2 hours to ensure it is completely cooled before cutting.
- Lift the slab out of the pan and onto a cutting board then cut it into quarters and each quarter into three strips, making a total of 12 bars. Wrap each bar in plastic wrap! If kept in the fridge, these bars can last up to one month!