Published May 17, 2023, 4:20 a.m. by Naomi Charles
When it comes to nutrition, there are few things more important than homemade healthy granola bars. Not only are they a great way to save money, but they're also a delicious and nutritious snack that can be enjoyed by the whole family.
There are two main types of granola bars - crispy and chewy. Both have their own unique texture and flavor, so it's really up to personal preference as to which one you prefer.
Crispy granola bars are usually made with oats, nuts and seeds, and are held together with a sticky syrup or honey. They're perfect for a quick and easy snack on the go, and can be easily customized to your own taste.
Chewy granola bars, on the other hand, are made with a mixture of oats, dried fruit and nuts, and are held together with a sticky syrup or honey. They're a great option for a more substantial snack, and can also be easily customized to your own taste.
No matter which type of granola bar you prefer, there are a few things you'll need to make sure you have on hand before getting started. First, you'll need a baking sheet and some non-stick cooking spray.
Next, you'll need to gather your ingredients. For the crispy granola bars, you'll need 1 cup of oats, 1/2 cup of nuts (chopped), 1/4 cup of seeds (chopped), 1/3 cup of honey, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and 1/4 teaspoon of salt.
For the chewy granola bars, you'll need 1 1/2 cups of oats, 1/2 cup of dried fruit (chopped), 1/4 cup of nuts (chopped), 1/3 cup of honey, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and 1/4 teaspoon of salt.
Once you have all of your ingredients, it's time to get started! Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Start by mixing together the oats, nuts, seeds, honey, vanilla extract and salt in a large bowl. Once everything is well combined, spread the mixture evenly onto your baking sheet.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the granola bars are golden brown and slightly firm to the touch. Let cool completely before cutting into bars.
And that's it! You've now made your very own healthy and delicious granola bars. Enjoy!
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I have eaten a lot of granola bars over the years
and thus have read a lot of granola bar nutrition labels.
I'm gonna tell you why these homemade healthy granola bars
are the best ones for you.
I'm Erin from wellplated.com,
and let's make some snacks.
Before I started wellplated.com,
I worked 10 hours a day in a corporate office,
and I needed snacks.
I was buying a lot of different brands of granola bars.
And over time,
I became disenchanted with the ingredients.
These healthy bars had so much sugar.
It was often the second ingredient,
and some of them would have three
or four different kinds of sugar,
brown sugar, fructose,
high-fructose corn syrup, regular corn syrup.
It's kind of crazy.
These days, there are some better granola bar brands
out there with cleaner ingredients,
but they are expensive.
We're talking three bucks a bar,
which if you have more than one or two a week,
really, really adds up quickly.
These bars, however, are the opposite.
They only cost about 50 cents a bar
and are made with simple ingredients.
I've started out by chopping some walnuts and pecans.
You can use any nuts.
Those add omega-3s
and then also protein to help keep you full.
I'm adding some pumpkin seeds.
They are absolutely packed
with nutritious ingredients, minerals,
antioxidants, and then some unsweetened coconut flakes.
Those have flavor,
but you don't need to add any additional sugar.
They're gonna make the bars taste great.
And at the heart of it all,
two cups of rolled oats.
Oats are packed with fiber.
And once again,
that is key to keeping you nice and satisfied
when you eat these healthy granola bars.
Plus they have been shown to lower bad cholesterol
and be great for keeping your blood sugar
at a healthy level too.
I am going to pop these into the oven
at 325 degrees to toast them.
That is a secret to the best homemade granola bars.
While those toast,
we are going to combine honey and peanut butter,
which are going to be the bonding ingredients
for our toasted goodies.
When I was in my 20s,
I ate so many of those 100-calorie snack bars.
And guess what?
I was always hungry.
I would end up eating more
because I was so obsessed with the calorie count
instead of focusing on what actually sustains you,
which is that protein, fiber, and healthy fat,
all of which we are packing into this bar.
I'm stirring the honey and peanut butter together
over medium heat.
Honey is the only source of sugar in these bars.
They just need a little bit of sweetness,
none of that high-fructose, this, or that.
And then peanut butter is gonna provide
some of those nourishing omega-3s,
more protein, plus peanut butter is delicious.
These don't need to heat too long,
just until the mixture is smoothly combined like it is now.
Now that I've removed our mixture from the heat,
I'm gonna add some vanilla extract,
cinnamon, and salt to really bring out the flavor.
Although I don't work in a corporate office anymore,
I'm still really active,
and I still love to snack.
These healthy granola bars are a godsend.
Our nuts and oats are just about done toasting,
so I'm gonna go grab those.
These smell so good.
I'm telling you, guys,
toasting these makes all of the difference in the world.
My husband, Ben,
likes to take ski excursions by himself out west
to the Canadian and US Rockies.
And he is so smitten with skiing
he refuses to stop for lunch
because he doesn't want to miss any time on the runs.
He is a little crazy,
but he has discovered that when he brings
a container of these granola bars
with him in his backpack,
he has enough energy for that all day kind of activity.
I'm saving us a bowl here
by stirring it together right in the same saucepan.
Mix it all together.
You want the ingredients to get nice and evenly moistened.
Once they're combined,
you can add any other mix-ins
that you would not have wanted to put in the oven.
I'm adding dried cranberries.
This is also when you would wanna add chocolate chips
if that's your thing.
In addition to cranberries or chocolate chips,
you could use chopped-up dried apricots,
cherries, peanut butter baking chips.
This recipe is a great way to use up
the extra odds and ends in your pantry.
I am scooping this all
into an 8 x 8 inch pan.
I have lined it with some parchment paper
just to make sure that I can lift the bars out easily.
I'm gonna press these into a single layer,
and then we are going to bake them in the oven.
A really cool thing about these granola bars
is that some people like them crunchy,
some people like them chewy.
And you can control the texture
just depending on how long you bake them,
15 minutes will give you chewy bars,
20 minutes will give you crunchy bars.
Quick tip, whenever you need to line the pan
with parchment paper,
hold it in place with some simple binder clips,
See you shortly.
Our bars are hot out of the oven.
We need to let them cool completely
before we fully separate them.
But this is a really cool trick
to make them slice more cleanly.
While the bars are still warm,
trace essentially what will be your line.
I am pressing all the way down through the pan.
This is kind of the precut.
And then once they totally cool,
they will separate much more neatly.
The bars have cooled completely,
so now I'm gonna lift them out of the pan.
Parchment paper makes it super easy.
And then now, we're gonna go back over the lines
that we started for ourselves,
makes a nice clean cut.
For another easy, healthy, homemade granola bar recipe,
check out my no-bake granola bars.
Just like these,
they are made of simple unprocessed ingredients.
They're super satisfying,
and they are ultra budget-friendly too.
Mmm, now that is well plated.
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