Grab And Go Granola Bars

Picture 215I spent part of this morning making a batch of granola bars. Noah almost always takes one ( or two) to work for a mid morning snack. Often here at the nursery, in the late afternoon, we need a little ‘pick me up’ to go along with our tea. Granola bars are often the perfect thing…..a little nibble to restore our energy. Store bought granola bars can be expensive and often they contain high fructose corn syrup and other not so lovely ingredients. So, we make them at home, and the best part….no cooking required! Our recipe ( which was once passed on to me from who knows where) goes like this: First we toast about 2 cups of organic rolled oats along with 1 cup of nuts, toasting is optional( 350 degrees, about 10 minutes). Most often we use sliced almonds. Then we mix together 1/4 cup of peanut butter, 1/4 cup of honey ( or maple syrup), 1 cup of very finely chopped dates ( done in food processor), and about 1/2 cup of some other seeds or nuts. We usually go for sunflower seeds. This all gets mixed with the toasted oats and almonds. We then press it into an 8 by 8 baking pan and let it sit a bit to harden. Some time spent in the refrigerator helps with this. A layer of parchment paper or saran wrap in the bottom of the pan helps to keep the granola bars from sticking too much. These are really tasty granola bars and super easy to make, and just one more thing we don’t have to buy at the grocery store. Yeah!Picture 208

7 comments on “Grab And Go Granola Bars

    • Hi Bonnie,
      I’d say they are about an inch thick or so, I spread the mixture evenly in the pan and kind of count on it being as thick ( or thin) as the mixture allows. I’m making more today……..during these cooler fall days, we’re eating them up!
      Enjoy and thanks for checking in with the blog!
      denise

    • Hello Pia,
      Any nut butter will work, unless you are trying to avoid nuts altogether.I tnink you could try use a bit more of the dates to help ‘glue’ the ingredients together. Give it a try! We love these granola bars and the worse thing that can happen if they don’t stick together ( with the extra dates), is that you can use it for cereal!
      Enjoy!
      denise

      • I just have this thing about peanuts only belonging in salty combinations. I’d use really dark chocolate but G has some weird reaction to it, makes him sneeze! Since he has multiple food allergies (no fruit acids) I better stay away from that too.

  1. These sound really good and just what is needed for an afternoon boost of energy! I had a wonderful time visiting with you and Rick! My new treasures are planted and doing well…..I will definitely be visiting again!! Next time I’ll get some yarn too (I hope) 😀

    • Hi Amy,
      make these granola bars….perfect to carry along on a hike in the Green Mountains! It was nice visiting with you, sorry that most of my yarn goodies were packed away…..next year, yes! Glad to hear that the plants you purchased are doing well, It’s great to talk with other plant enthusiasts. have a great wonderful winter…. We see evidence of those colder days upon us.
      denise

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