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Homemade Granola Bars

September is whole grains month and to celebrate, Dave’s Killer Bread sent some whole grains my way! I have written about their bread and program before, and have quickly learned to love their bread (coming from a non-bread fan!). 

Whole grains are so important thanks to fiber and protein (the two things that help keep us fuller longer). Adults need around 35g of fiber each day and we typically get around 11g. Basically, we are all walking around hungry, tired, and constipated! If this sounds like you, read this earlier post—and add more fiber (and water) to help out with that!

I thought vacation would be the best time to toss some fun, new whole grains into my home-made granola bars for a fiber packed snack. I don’t buy grocery store granola bars because they are typically high in sugar and don’t keep me full very long. I had pretty much nixed granola and bars all together but since trying my friend, Kathleen’s, granola bars, I have been enjoying them as convenient on-the- go snacks. Plus, extra fiber is always needed on vacation...anyone agree?!

Kathleen originally got the recipe from the Minimalist Baker, but we have both added our own twists to the basic recipe. Add your own spin with any dried fruit or nut and share your ideas below!




Healthy Granola Bars
Prep Time: 5 minutes + 1 hour freezer
Ingredients (12 bars)
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup unsalted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup local honey
  • 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Line an 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper and set aside. (A loaf pan also works, but will make fewer, thicker bars).
  2. Using a food processor (or Ninja blender) mix raisins and peanuts until well combined and forms somewhat of a paste.
  3. To the food processor bowl, add the peanut butter, honey, oats, and chia seeds. Pulse until all ingredients are mixed well.
  4. Add chocolate chips and stir them in. Transfer mixture into the baking dish and spread out evenly.
  5. Freeze for about 30 minutes to 1 hour before cutting. Cut them into whatever bar shape you like! Store these bars in an air tight container in the freezer for best results. They may also be kept in the refrigerator but they don't do well on the counter top!
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  1. Everybody likes granola bars but it is good to know that they are super simple and easy to make them at home. Your recipe is helpful..

    Thanks for sharing....
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