Homemade No-Bake Granola Bars (makes 12 bars)

You know how it’s annoying to buyIMG_5392.jpeg 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)!

 

Ingredients:

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!
Directions:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Let stand until cool, around ten minutes, before adding in the chocolate.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!

 

Enjoy!!

 

 

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