Homemade & Healthy Chewy Granola Bars

granola bar cover

Are you often looking for a quick, yet healthy and energy-packed breakfast or snack-on-the-go?  I felt like making something this weekend, but wanted to resist a sugar laden baked good (after making and sharing a hefty portion of “Crazy Addictive Caramel Corn” for a Pig Roast picnic we attended on Saturday) 🙂

granola breakfast

I searched a variety of recipes on line, and tried to find a tried and true one I had from a work friend to no avail (Tonya – if you are reading this, I need that recipe again 🙂 )

granola bar ingred

I ended up using the basics of a recipe I found at Five Heart at Home 

granola bar mix

and tweaked it up Jodi-style – adding some of our favorite things

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After preparing, I packaged them in individual bags and refrigerated for anyone to grab on the go or for a quick pick me up or breakfast on the fly.

granola bars wrapped

My taste testers (Marty, Nick and Liz) all gave them a thumbs up 🙂

granola bar cover

Here’s the recipe as I prepared it, but feel free to substitute your favorite ingredients:

1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup coconut oil (solid form)
2 1/2 cups oats
1 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
1/4 cup dried blueberries

Melt peanut butter, honey, and coconut oil in a saucepan.
Remove from heat and stir in remaining ingredients.
Spread in a 13 x 9 pan.
Refrigerate approximately 2 hours.
Cut into bars and wrap or bag individually.
Return to refrigerator.

Feel free to substitute other dried fruits (golden raisins, dried cranberries or cherries) or nuts (walnuts, pecans, peanuts) or even chocolate chips (milk, semi-sweet, white, peanut butter, butterscotch)  if you like.  They would be great with sunflower or pumpkin seeds, too, but I didn’t have any on hand…

Then, I found this great site called Spark Recipes where you can enter the ingredients to a recipe you create, and it calculates the nutritional information, so I have provided that here also.

granola bar nutritional info

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy!

granola bars

Cheers & Hugs,

Jodi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 thoughts on “Homemade & Healthy Chewy Granola Bars

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