I really love granola bars and always have. Especially in these Jr. High days, I tend to go through a lot of them and always have them on hand (my locker, backpack, gym locker, violin case, etc.) Always hungry, always have food within reach. The only problem is that store-bought granola bars are not always particularly healthy, with lots of preservatives & artificial flavors. And the nicer quality ones are always more expensive. :( I know I’m unleashing my inner health freak, but I like knowing what goes into my food.
What is the first thing one does when wondering how to make something? Pinterest of course! I must admit that I have a lot more searches on Pinterest than Safari, but oh well. I found lots of recipes that i liked and made my self an amazing recipe from trial and error. What I came up with is easy to make variations with, you could add dried fruit nuts or anything you want! This is it:
2 cups rolled oats
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup peanut butter (I used Costco’s all natural)
1/3 cup honey
1 cup chocolate chips or what ever add-ins you want
flour as needed to absorb moisture or more oats
Melt the coconut oil, peanut butter, and honey in a microwave safe bowl. Add the dry ingredients. Mix well. Once the mixture has cooled enough fold in the chocolate chips (this is so they don’t melt.) Pour mixture in a greased 8×8 or 9×9 pan. The bigger the pan the thinner they will be. Let them cool completely and cut them into bars. wrap plastic for sandwich bags. These are great in lunches and as snacks!