Acute How-To: Homemade Chewy Granola Bars

The past month my husband and I have cleaned up our eating habits.  I devised a level 1-10 eating plan that has made a huge impact on my energy levels and has even resulted in some weight loss.

One problem my husband has encountered is eating on the road.

His job involves quite a bit of travel and it is so easy to eat junk while stuck in an airport or hotel room, so I decided to arm him with healthy snacks for the road.

When we started our new eating plan, I was pretty disgusted with the limited selection of healthy granola bars.  So many varieties contain a long list of sugar and additives.

A friend of mine suggested I should make homemade granola bars so I decided to create my own healthy granola bar recipe.

The result is a wholesome, not too sweet, filling snack that you can feel good about.

What you will need:

  • 1 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 3 tablespoons real maple syrup {honey would work too}
  • 1/3 cup all natural, sugar free peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 small bananas
  • 1/4 cup seeds {I used a combo of sunflower seed kernels and pumpkin seed kernels}
  • 1/4 cup raisins

Step One:

Put the peanut butter, maple syrup, and canola oil in a saucepan over low heat.  Let the peanut butter melt and stir all together until well combined.

Step Two:

Turn off the heat and add the oatmeal, bananas, seeds, and raisins.  Mix each ingredient in before adding the next and make sure you mash the bananas. Stir all until well combined.

Step Three:

Pour the mixture into a square baking dish and press down until evenly distributed throughout the pan.  I placed a piece of waxed paper on top of the oatmeal mixture in order to press down without getting my fingers too sticky.

Step Four:

Place the baking dish {make sure you remove the waxed paper!} in an oven set at 325 degrees and bake for about 35 minutes.  Remove the dish and allow the bars to completely cool before slicing.

Step Five:

Slice into nine equal sized squares and wrap each one in waxed paper.  Store the bars in an airtight container for up to a week.

Tips:

  • Put the bars in a prettier container and these would make a fantastic gift.
  • Substitute dark chocolate chips for the raisins for a indulgent, yet still healthy treat.
  • If you aren’t a banana fan, try this recipe with applesauce instead of mashed banana.

5 thoughts on “Acute How-To: Homemade Chewy Granola Bars

  1. I’ve been looking for a healthy chewy granola bar recipe!! SO excited to try this Gina!! Every other recipe seems to call for a ton of sugar or corn syrup. So so excited to try this!

  2. I’ve been thinking about making my own granola bars for awhile now but never came across a recipe that appealed to me. Your recipe looks good – not too sweet. I’ll be making this one.

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