I love Love LOVE me some granola bars. And so do my kids. They’re dangerous for me to even have in the house because I always end up reaching for them. They’re one of those disguised junk foods that are calorie dense and nutritionally empty! Such a junky food to be reaching for when I can easily whip these up in 5 minutes. And homemade just tastes WAY better than a dried out granola bar.
If you have 5 minutes and no nut allergies here’s an easy recipe for you to enjoy. I shared this years ago but decided to share again with some fresh pics.
I eyeball everything for the most part so if you find something is off just add a little more of this or that. They’re best if they are kept in the fridge in a sealed container. They never last more than a day in my house because my kids are eating me out of the house, but they should be good for a few days. I’ve never had the chance to freeze them.
All you do is mix together:
- 1 cup of old fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (real or fake, both work)
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened or sweetened coconut
- 3/4 of crushed nuts (pecans, almonds, whatever you have) make sure you crush them or your children might die from the texture. No? Just mine?
- 1/3 cup of honey (or maple syrup or agave or whatever you have on hand)
- 2 tsp of vanilla
- handful or two of chocolate chips (kids don’t notice if they’re gone so totally optional)
If they’re too dry, add a bit more honey or PB. If they’re too sticky add a little more oatmeal. You can put the mixture in the fridge to chill for a bit if they’re really sticky or just put a bit of oil or butter on your hands and roll them into balls. Or you can press the mixture into a glass container and cut into bars. I almost always double the recipe because they go so. fast.
The entire recipe has about 1225 calories, 23 grams of protein, 30 grams of fat and 234 grams of carbs. If you make 24 small balls they’re about 50 cals each. All I know is when my kids and I are snacking they do the trick! Enjoy!