With midterms fast approaching (too soon in my opinion), I thought I would share a delicious treat with you that will help you fuel your brain as you study hard or work on your assignments. Today I’m sharing my favourite granola bar recipe that’s very easy to make, and is a great pick-me-up snack to get you through a long day of classes. It’s also versatile, so you can mix and match your favourite ingredients to make some awesome flavour combos!
It’s got lots of fiber from the oats, healthy fats from nuts, and isn’t overladen by sweet, sticky corn syrup. I don’t know if it’s just me, but my tolerance for sweet foods is deteriorating as I get older. My once insatiable appetite for Chewy bars has gone down the drain and they now kind of taste like glorified candy bars to me.
Anyway, without further ado, here’s the recipe! Please let me know how your bars turned out!
Kaitlyn’s Granola Bar Recipe
Yield: 12 bars
- 2 cups rolled oats
- ½ cup almonds (whole or chopped, depending on your preference)
- 1 ½ cups mixed nuts/seeds/dried fruit of choice (I bought pre-made trail mix with cashews, peanuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, raisins and cranberries)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ cup unsalted butter
- 1/3 cup honey
- Preheat oven to 250°F
- Toast rolled oats, almonds and any other nuts on a baking tray and toast until oats turn lightly golden for 20 – 30 minutes, stirring after every 10 minutes. Another sign that they’re done is when the almonds start to smell really fragrant. Set aside to cool for a few minutes.
- In a microwavable bowl, melt butter and mix with honey and cinnamon.
- Combine the honey mixture with the toasted oats in a big bowl and stir until all the oats are well-coated with syrup. (Note: if adding chocolate chips, let this mixture cool down for a bit to avoid melting the chips when stirring them in)
- Transfer granola to a brownie pan lined with parchment paper. Using the back of a spatula or wet hands, press the granola firmly into the pan. (*This step is important so the granola bars stay intact! Spend at least a minute pressing the granola!)
- Chill the granola for 2 hours in the fridge until very firm.
- Cut into bars and enjoy!
Store in fridge for up to 1 week, or store in freezer for up to 1 month.