Okay, so there are a million and two recipes out there for granola bars. I know. BUT this one is like the easiest and tastiest granola bar you will ever try!
This recipe is pretty versatile. You could really change quite a bit if you would like to add chocolate chips or dried fruit such as cranberries, dried pineapple or mango…yum.
It is such a wonderful thing that we can find all these healthy ingredients more easily than ever. You don’t need to go to specialty health food stores to find really good stuff!
Keep reading those labels and keep buying the good stuff. Stores are listening!
½ cup honey
1/4 cup peanut butter (I use Smuckers All-Natural crunchy)
1 ½ cup old-fashioned oatmeal, toasted
½ cup ground flax seed
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ cup pumpkin seeds, toasted
½ cup sunflower seeds, w/o salt, hulled, toasted
½ cup raisins, packed (I used golden raisins)
½ cup fruit spread (lower in sugar and calories than preserves but preserves are good too!)
2 tsp vanilla extract
Heat honey and peanut butter until simmer.
Mix remaining 6 dry ingredients in bowl.
Add remaining vanilla and fruit spread to honey and peanut butter and stir until combined.
Pour honey mixture over oatmeal and mix until thoroughly combined.
Pour into greased 8×8 pan and press evenly.
Chill in the freezer for at least 20 minutes.
Makes 16 small squares.
I doubled it and used a 9×13 pan and got 44 bars.
I toasted the pumpkin seeds, the sunflower seeds and the oatmeal for a nuttier flavor.
These freeze very well.
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION for GRANOLA BARS
Amount Per Serving:
Total Fat: 5.5 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Total Carbs: 26.5 g
Dietary Fiber: 2.3 g
Protein: 3.7 g
For Tracking: ½ grain, ½ meat, 1 fruit, 1 healthy oil
Without pumpkin seeds: Calories; 155.4, Total Fat 5g, Carbs 25.4g
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