Easy Chewy Granola Bar Recipe

During my 30 Day Sugar Free Challenge I decided to also cut added sugar from the snacks my children were eating.  I was shocked by how much sugar was in all the organic “healthy” snacks they were eating.  Since I started to change my eating six years ago I have wanted to make my own granola bars, but I always felt like it was too overwhelming.  This sugar challenge really pushed me to find different alternatives to the Clif Kid ZBars and Cascadian Farm granola bars I have been buying for years.  So, I decided to move to homemade whole food snacks and my first recipe to tackle was our granola bars.

I was shocked when I couldn’t find many granola bar recipes that didn’t include tons of brown or white sugar, so I took a few different recipes and made a few different batches until I found a granola bar that both my children liked!  The recipe is chewy and soft, not hard and crunchy.

I have to say that I am not one that usually makes things from scratch, but this recipe is so easy and doesn’t include a ton of sugar or ingredients I can’t pronounce! Plus, it saves us money… Who knew eating healthier would save us money?!

Ingredients

  1. 2 cups rolled oats
  2. 1 cup shredded apple (or half cup of apple sauce)
  3. 1/4 cup peanut butter
  4. 4 tablespoons honey
  5. 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  6. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
  7. 1/2 cup chopped almonds (or nuts of choice)
  8. 1/4 cup raisins
  9. * Flax and/or Chia Seeds Optional

Instructions

1. In a large bowl add all ingredients: 2 cups rolled oats, shredded apple, 1/4 cup peanut butter, 4 tbs honey, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 tbs cinnamon, 1/2 cup chopped almonds, and 1/4 cup raisins.

2. The mixture should be sticky and not runny. If it seems too watery add some more rolled oats to thicken the mixture, if it's not sticky enough add a little more honey.

3. Line a 9X9 pan with parchment paper.

4. Pour the mixture into the pan and press down evenly.

5. Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.

6. Let stand to cool and then flip it over onto a cutting board and gently pull the parchment off.

7. Cut into desired sizes. It makes 12-15 when I cut them into normal granola bar sizes.

Notes

I do recommend using organic and NonGMO ingredients when possible. 

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