Homemade granola bars

Homemade granola bars with all the goodness and none of the I-can’t-pronounce-this-ingredient-am-I-sure-I-want-to-give-this-to-my-children or about 5 pounds of salt.  And since I got to be the one to select my ingredients, mine are also all natural and mostly organic.

I’ve been wanting to make my own granola bars since…well…actually, forever.

easy homemade granola bars

Granola bars, right there with crackers, bagels, and donuts, are one of those items that I just assumed you bought because they’re way too much work to make.

Except it’s not.  Seriously.  These were so easy to put together.  Don’t let the time from start to finish scare you – very little of it is “active” time.  And the best part is that you can put whatever you love in them.
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These are filled with our favorites: cranberries, chocolate chips, pumpkin seeds, and pine nuts.

Speaking of chocolate chips, these are also toddler proof.  If your toddler is anything like ours and spends half the time picking all the chocolate chips out of the granola bars.  I’ve stopped buying pretty much anything with chocolate chips because Peanut will avoid eating the actual food and just crumble everything until she picks out the last chocolate chip.  I pressed these nice and tight so I doubt she’ll succeed in picking them out.

Homemade granola bars
 
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Homemade granola bars with chocolate chips, cranberries, pine nuts, and pumpkin seeds
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Recipe type: Breakfast, Snack
Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats
  • ½ cup cranberries
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips
  • Small handful pepita nuts
  • Small dash of salt
  • ¾ cup honey
  • ⅓ cup crunchy almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons butter, unsalted
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat your oven to 325 degrees. In a small skillet, melt butter and ¼ cup of honey together on low. In the meantime, in a large bowl, set up 3 cups of oats. Once the butter and honey are combined, pour the mixture over the oats, mix it up and spread it out on a large cookies sheet.
  2. Bake the granola at 325 degrees for about 15 minutes, or until they're golden brown. You'll want to mix them occasionally.
  3. Once baked, remove the oats and set them to cool on the counter for about 10 minutes. While the oats are cooling, in a small skillet combine ½ cup honey, ⅓ cup crunchy almond butter, and ¼ cup brown sugar and cook, stirring, for about 10 minutes. You want everything to be combined, boiling, and sugar dissolving.
  4. In a large bowl, combine cranberries, chocolate chips, pine nuts, pepita nuts, a dash of salt and the now cooled oats. Pour the honey and almond butter mixture, mixing it with a spatula as you pour.
  5. Butter a small glass baking dish (8 inches) and move the mixture to the glass bowl. Use your spatula to press the granola down and run the spatula along the corners, rounding them a bit. If you want the granola bars to be thinner, you can use a slightly larger dish.
  6. Refrigerate for about an hour and cup into granola bars.

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