We eat a LOT of granola bars in this house (mostly my husband, actually). I have always wanted to try making my own, but all the recipes I found had weird things like coconut flakes and wheat germ…or whatever. Thanks, but I’ll pass.
I have recently embarked on a clean eating journey (aka trying to quit processed foods!) so traditional granola bars are out. While this recipe has more calories, fat, and carbs than store bought ones, you also get a huge portion and it’s nice and dense, so you’ll be feeling quite full. I had one about an hour and a half ago and I’m still going strong.
Best part? Very minimal effort required. Also, the ingredients are so swappable. Do you want chocolate? Go ahead, put some in there. Raisins or cherries instead of cranberries? Yup. Almonds? Those too.
Without further ado…
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 1/3 cup raw honey
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries (I prefer ones sweetened with fruit juice)
- 1/3 cup sunflower seeds (or another nut/seed of your choice)
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 3/4 cup raw almond butter
- Mix the oats, cranberries, and sunflower seeds together in a large bowl with the cinnamon.
- In a small pot, add the coconut oil, vanilla, almond butter, and honey. Heat on the stovetop until warm; you don't want the mixture to simmer. It's simply to make coating the oats a little easier.
- When the mixture is warm and slightly runny, pour into the bowl with the oats. Mix well.
- Spread batter into a greased pan or a pan lined with parchment or waxed paper. Freeze 2 hours or until firm. When set, cut into bars. Store tightly in a container in the fridge or freezer; you can also individually wrap the bars for a quick toss into a lunch bag.