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Healthy Granola Bar Recipe

Homemade Granola Bar Recipe

Who needs store-bought granola bars when you have this homemade healthy granola bar recipe? The best part is, you can make them in the shape of a wedge or bar. Easy, portable and so delicious! {Gluten-free, vegetarian & no refined sugar}
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Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 16 wedges or bars
Calories: 255kcal
Author: Elysia

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats can sub in gluten-free oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup cashews finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 5 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter or sub in seed butter to make nut-free
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips melted (optional)

Instructions

  • In a large frying pan, toast oats and coconut for 3 minutes over medium heat. Add the chopped cashews, pumpkin seeds, and dried cranberries.
  • In a separate medium saucepan or frying pan, combine the coconut oil, honey, natural peanut butter, vanilla extract and salt. Cook for about 2 minutes or until coconut oil has melted.
  • Add the toasted oat and coconut mixture to the pan and stir to combine. Cook for an additional 2 minutes until oats are coated and sticky.
  • Place parchment paper in the bottom of a 9-inch spring form pan and grease the edges with coconut oil or cooking spray. Dump the oat mixture into the springform pan and distribute evenly with spatula. Wet the spatula and press down on the surface until smooth and packed down.
  • Place in the freezer for 30-40 minutes. Once hardened, remove from springform pan.
  • Drizzle with melted dark chocolate, if desired. Cut into wedges while still partially frozen to help them stay together while cutting.
  • Serve immediately or store in the freezer for later.*

Notes

* I recommend using rolled or old-fashioned oats for this recipe as it results in a granola bar with a chewier texture. 
*These granola bars can be stored in an air-tight container in the freezer for up to a month. If stacking them, I recommend putting some parchment paper in between them to prevent them from sticking together.
*It's generally best if you handle these bars while still partially frozen as they can get a little crumbly when completely thawed.

Nutrition

Calories: 255kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 74mg | Potassium: 184mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg
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