Healthy Homemade Granola Bars

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The last few years I have made a huge effort to buy less processed foods for my family and feed them more real ,whole foods. Granola bars are one item that my boys really enjoy and miss when I don’t buy them. Do you remember when I posted these granola bars? They are so yummy, but not as hearty as I wanted, more like a treat really. So, I have been on the lookout for a more hearty and healthful homemade granola recipe that my family will still get excited about. Well, thanks to Ms Summer Harms (and her Mother in law) my search is over! These granola bars are really good. My family loves them and I love that they are packed with healthy ingredients. I keep them in the freezer and pop them into snack size baggies for lunches or to grap for an on-the-go snack. Seriously sooo tasty! I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
Do you plan a weekly menu? I post mine each week on my other blog melandboys. If you do too, let me know! I am always looking for inspiration!
Summer’s Healthy Homemade Granola Bars
submitted by Melanie
printable recipe here

2 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 c. flax seed, milled
1/4 c. quinoa
3/4 c. shelled sunflower seeds
1 c. chopped nuts (any kind or combination)
1 c. shredded coconut
1/2 to 1 tsp. cinnamon (desired amount)
1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 c. brown sugar or organic agave nectar
1/2 c. honey
2 tsp. molasses
4 T. butter
2 tsp. vanilla
4 T. peanut butter
1 c. dried, chopped fruit (optional)

1. mix first 8 ingredients together and place on a rimmed baking sheet. toast in a 400 degree oven for 9-12 minutes. watch it so it doesn’t burn! stir and let cool at least 15 minutes.
2. bring next 4 ingredients to a simmer, stirring continuously. stir in the vanilla and peanut butter and cool for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. put the toasted ingredients and dried fruit in a large bowl and pour the liquid ingredients over it. mix very well.
4. place parchment or wax paper in the rimmed baking sheet and butter the top side, then place the granola bar mixture in the pan. put another butter sheet of paper, buttered side down, on top of the mixture and press down. (i use silpats instead of parchment or wax paper and they work perfectly!)roll with a rolling pin to make it very tight, smooth, and even.
5. let set for 2-3 hours and cut into desired bar size. makes about 20-24 bars. package in snack size bags or an airtight container. if not using within next few days, store in freezer. they keep very well, and thaw quickly. (really yummy frozen, too!)

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  1. Patty Ann says

    These look great and look like an amazing snack! I will have to try them for the girls and see if they love them. Seriously, how could they not??? Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Jenny says

    I'm going to have to try these.

    I post my menus every week on my menu/food blog:

    I have to admit that a ton of the recipes I've been using lately are from the Sisters' Cafe. Thanks for giving me new yummy recipes!

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  4. Britt says

    These were amazing! I made some changes- mostly what I had on hand. I used ground flax. No molasses or sunflower seeds. I used pecans and dried blueberries. They were delicious!! And felt pretty healthy too, for a snack. Thnx for the recipe! Ps: the quinoa is uncooked, at least that’s what I assume and it tasted great!

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