Yum. Healthy Homemade Granola Bars.
Yummmmmmmmmmmmm! Yum is all I want to say because I just made the most bomb granola bars ever in life. Everrrr. They are filled with fiber, protein, potassium and healthy fat. I mean, what more do you need in a granola bar?
Nowadays, granola bars in the grocery stores that are marketed as a healthy treat, are really just filled with sugar. I mean just look at Chewy Granola Bar ingredients for example.
Now why would you want to put THAT into your body when you can simply make your own with under 10 nutrient filled ingredients? It is seriously one of the easiest treats I’ve ever made.
This granola bar will just make your life easier. Here’s how:
- You can eat this after or before a workout.
- Pack it into a lunch for your kids or nieces and nephews.
- Eat it as a to go treat in the the morning.
- Bring it as a rescue snack.
- Break it up in your cereal.
- Break it up in your yogurt.
- Eat it as a late night snack.
- Make them into packaged gifts.
- Use them as prizes for kids you teach or coach.
And the thing is… All of the ingredients are natural. I mean could you even pronounce some of the words in the label above? Do you even know what sorbitol, glycerin, soy lecithin or sodium bicarbonate is? I mean, you may know. But have you ever cooked with these ingredients?
I guess the moral of the story is that it’s best to make your own food, because you know exactly what’s in it. And most of the time, what you make yourself is actually BETTER than what you can get in a package. At least these granola bars are. (According to my taste buds, lol. Please leave a comment and let me know how you like them.)
Okay let’s get started.
1 Cup of Rolled Oats
1/2 Cup of Popped Quinoa (Here’s a video on how to pop quinoa)
11 Pitted Dates or 1 Cup of Pitted Dates
1/4 Cup of PB2
2 Tbsp. of Water
1 Tbsp Honey
Handful of Loosely Chopped Almonds & Pecans
Handful of Chopped Dark Chocolate Chips ( You can also use cacao nibs.)
Handful of Chopped Raisins
You can also add banana chips (like I did) or any dried fruit you like.
*Makes 6 Bars
1. Pop quinoa on the stove and then pour it into a bowl. (Make sure you don’t burn it.)
2. Then add in the rolled oats to the same bowl.
3. Take the dates and PB2 and blend them both in a blender or food processor until it turns into a smooth consistency. It will likely turn into a ball.
4. Add the date and PB2 mixture into the bowl of oats and quinoa.
5. With your hands mix up the oats and quinoa with the date and PB2 mixture until everything is evenly distributed. (Applying coconut oil to your hands before mixing will make it easier to work with.)
6. As you are mixing it up, add in the honey and water and keep mixing.
7. Add in the chopped pecans, almonds, raisins, chocolate chips and other add ins. Begin to mix them in evenly with the rest of the mixture.
8. Once the mixture is done. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper.
9. Then put the mixture into the pan lined with parchment paper. Press the mixture into the pan until it’s smooth and evenly distributed.
10. Place granola bars in the the freezer for 15 minutes.
11. Take out the granola bars out of the freezer and then cut them into bars while they are still in the pan.
12. Pop them babies out and eat.
*You can store them into an airtight container in the fridge.
xoxo Fitty Fattys