I recently started working out and eating healthy. I’m struggling to find healthy or healthier snacks. I tried to buy some granola bars but found that so many of them had a ton of sugar and ingredients I couldn’t pronounce or understand lol. I decided to make my own at home and even though these still have a decent amount of sugar, everything is natural and I know what’s in it. These are still a lot healthier than store bought ones. These are chewy and delicious!
2 cups oats
1/3 cup ground Flax Seed
3/4 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup peanuts or almonds, crushed or finely chopped
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
4 Tbsp butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp Kosher salt approximately 8 oz. dried fruit (Optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Chop up the peanuts or almonds.
- Then, mix the peanuts or almonds, oats, ground flax seed, and sunflower seeds in a baking dish with sides. Toast them in the oven for 10-12 minutes, stirring every few minutes so that they don’t get burned.
- Meanwhile, prepare a glass baking dish (about 11 x 13 inches) for your granola. Spray pan with a nonstick spray. (the first batch I made I used waxed paper and then sprayed that. This was a mess, it stuck to the bars. Do Not Use Wax Paper.)
- Put the brown sugar, honey, butter, vanilla, and salt into a saucepan and bring to a simmer, stirring constantly.
- By now, your grains and nuts should be toasted, so mix everything together in a large bowl. The grains and the liquid “glue”
- Mix everything really well because you want to make sure the “glue” gets all over everything. Now, dump your granola mixture into your baking dish.
- Spread out the mixture with a wooden spoon or spatula.
- Now use the back of a spoon or a measuring cup to press down the granola. Press Firmly. You want to compact it together so that your bars won’t fall apart when you cut them.
- Wait 2-3 hours or until the granola has totally cooled.
- Now, firmly pressing down with a big knife (not sawing), cut your granola into whatever size bars you’d like.