Since I’m still in school, I need to take a lunch everyday and sometimes it can be tricky finding snacks that aren’t full of unpronounceable chemicals and preservatives. So, instead of buying my lunch snacks, I’ve created my own!
These are incredibly easy to make and you can easily customize them to fit your tastes. The ingredients I used in this recipe are listed below but keep in mind that you can add any kind of nuts or dried fruits, you can use any kind of nut butter, you can add any kind of chocolate chips/chunks on top, and you can add any spices you want as well. They’re also quite simple and healthy AND they taste delicious!
Healthy Granola Bars
2 cups oats
2/3 cup all-natural peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup cranberries
1/4 cup pecans
1/4 cup walnuts
1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a 9×9 inch pan with tinfoil, with the extra foil hanging over the sides (this makes it easier to take out the bars once they’ve cooled)
2. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, peanut butter, honey, maple syrup, vanilla, and cinnamon. Then fold in the raisins, cranberries, pecans, and walnuts.
3. Place mixture into prepared pan, making sure that it is evenly distributed throughout the pan.
4. Place in the oven and bake for 27 to 40 minutes. The longer they bake, the crispier they will turn out, so if your like more chewy granola bars, leave them in for closer to 27 minutes and if you like crispy granola bars, leave them in for closer to 40 minutes.
5. Take out of the oven and let cool in pan for about 10 minutes. Pull them out using the tinfoil and cut into desired size and wrap for to-go snacking.