Easy Home-Made Granola Bars

Having an easy on-the-go snack like a granola bar comes in handy when you’re in a rush. However, a lot of the ready-made bars are not always as healthy as they may seem. Therefore, we bring you two recipes for nutritious granola bars! They’re easy to make, they’ll provide you with energy and are delicious!

Almond Coconut Granola Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped almonds
  • 1 3/4 cups oats
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup peanut butter or almond butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract (optional)

 

 

Instructions

  • Toast the almonds in a cooking pan for approximately 5 minutes, until they start to turn lightly golden on the edges.
  • Take them out of the pan and crush them in small pieces.
  • Put the almonds in a mixing bowl together with the oats, coconut flakes, cinnamon and salt.
  • In another bowl, mix the almond butter, honey and vanilla extract. Whisk until well blended.
  • Pour the liquid ingredients above in the bowl with the dry ingredients. Use a big spoon to mix them together  until the two are evenly combined and no dry oats remain.
  • Take a square baker and line two sheets of parchmant baking paper on the bottom. Then transfer the mixture to the square baker. Use your spoon to arrange the mixture fairly evenly in the baker, then use the bottom of a flat, round surface (like a drinking glass) to pack the mixture down as firmly and evenly as possible. (If the mixture keeps sticking to the glass, cover the base of the glass with a small square of parchment paper.)
  • Cover the baker and refrigerate for at least one hour, or overnight. This gives the oats time to absorb moisture so the granola bars can set.
  • When you’re ready to slice, lift the bars out of the baker by grabbing both pieces of parchment paper on opposite corners. Use a sharp knife to slice the mixture into any shape of granola bar you like.
  • Bars keep well for a couple of days at room temperature, or you can store them in the freezer.

Easy Banana Oat Bars

Ingredients

  • 2 large, very ripe bananas
  • 2 cups of oats
  • 1/4 cup pitted, chopped dried dates
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts — such as walnuts, hazelnuts, or pecans
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg or cinnamon (optional)

Instructions

  • Heat the oven to 180°C and lightly grease a 9-x9-inch square baking dish with olive oil or butter.
  • Peel the bananas and mash their flesh in a medium mixing bowl. Mash very thoroughly until no large chunks remain.
  • Stir in the oats, dates, nuts and – if using – the salt and vanilla.
  • Pat the thick mixture evenly into the baking dish. If you want, sprinkle the top lightly with nutmeg or cinnamon.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until the edges just begin to crisp up.
  • Place the baking pan on a rack to cool. When the pan is mostly cool, cut into bars and enjoy!
  • You can store leftover bars at room temperature; they will stay tasty for about 5 days.

 

Enjoy your healthy snacks!

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