Granola bars are an easy and portable snack, but store-bought varieties leave something to be desired.
Take a look at a smattering of ingredients for Quaker brand granola bars: soy lecithin, sodium hexametaphosphate, blue 1, corn syrup solids, just to name a few. I don’t know about you, but I think of granola as a healthy snack, and I sure don’t want to enjoy these industrial ingredients alongside!
Luckily, a profoundly more healthy and delicious granola bar can be easily made from scratch at home. High in fiber, antioxidants and healthy fats, this is a treat you won’t feel guilty about. I like to make a batch on the weekends so I have a quick and easy snack to grab throughout the week.
8 ounces rolled oats (about 2 cups)
1.5 ounces raw sunflower seeds (about 1/2 cup)
3 ounces sliced, blanched almonds (about 1 cup)
1.5 ounces ground flax seed (about 1/2 cup)
6 ounces honey (about 1/2 cup)
1.75 ounces maple or raw turbinado sugar (about 1/4 cup)
1 ounce safflower oil, plus more for pan
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
6.5 ounces dried berries and/or freshly shredded coconut
Preheat oven to 350°. Place oats, sunflower seeds, almonds, flax and coconut (if using) on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for about 15 minutes, until brown and toasty.
While waiting, combine the honey, sugar, vanilla, oil, cinnamon and salt in a saucepan and warm over medium heat until sugar is completely dissolved.
When the oat mixture is done, combine thoroughly with liquid mixture in saucepan, and stir in dried fruit. Reduce oven temperature to 300°. Spread evenly in a 9×9 pan and bake for 25 minutes.
Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares and serving, otherwise it will crumble apart.
I like to wrap them individually so I can grab one as needed!