I attempted to make homemade granola bars this weekend, and low and behold they were a success! These bars are simple to make and contain wholesome ingredients that you can feel good about eating.
2 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup sliced almonds
2 T almond butter
2 T coconut oil
1/3 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
**Optional ingredients include coconut, chocolate chips, trail mix, raisins, dried fruit..
Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Combine oats and sliced almonds on a cookie sheet and toast in oven for about 5 minutes until almonds are golden, but not burned.
Meanwhile, put a pan on the stove on a low setting. Combine honey, coconut butter, almond butter, vanilla extract and salt. Stir constantly until dissolved.
Next, move the oat and almond mixture into a large bowl. Combine with honey mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until very well combined. (This is where you can add your optional ingredients if you'd like). Let the mixture cool for a few minutes so it'll be easier to handle in the next stage.
Line an 8x8 pan with tin foil. Press the granola mixture into the pan (be sure to press very firmly so the mix stays together). Place in freezer for 2-3 hours, or overnight.
Peel away the tin foil, and let the mix thaw out a bit before cutting. Then, cut into 12 bars. That's it, you've made homemade granola bars, enjoy!
Yield: 12 bars
Cals per bar: 146, Fat: 6g, Carbs: 21g, Fiber: 3g, Sugars 9g, Protein 4g (WW points:4)
Calorie count does not include optional additional ingredients**