Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Chewy Granola Bars...

After all those holiday goodies are you ready to have a healthy snack on hand?? Here's your ticket: Healthy Homemade Chewy Granola Bars, loved by kids and adults alike. Super simple to make, but heads up- they take about an hour in the oven... gotta cook them slowly to keep them chewy! This is another recipe complements of my super talent sister, Danika... love her! Thanks for sharing your recipe.... and your granola bars when we see you!

Here's a much overdue shout out & thanks for all your recipe sharing! She's great at it all- cooking, mothering, listening, being the "baby whisperer" for my friends & I, being an awesome auntie and great Granola Bar-Maker! Love you!!
1 cup almond butter
3/4 cup honey
2 tsp vanilla
3 cups oats
1/2 cup raisins or cranraisins (I use half of each)
1/2 cup coconut
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/3 cup ground flax seed (or you can use wheat germ)
2 TBSP sesame seeds
a sprinkling of cinnamon

Super simple. Preheat your oven to 225 then in a large mixing bowl, add your almond butter, honey and vanilla and mix until well blended. Then add your dry ingredients, mix well until it's evenly blended, sprinkle in some cinnamon and give it one more stir. Then in a greased cake pan, dump out the ingredients evenly and pat down with a spatula. Then bake for about an hour- should be golden brown on top (could take about an hour and 15- check them after an hour though). Take them out, let them cool and then cut them into granola bar sizes to your liking. Store in an air tight container to keep them fresh- Enjoy!!!


Anonymous said...

this sounds extremely delicious! i know that sometimes granola is higher in calories than most people think. would you say this recipe offers a lower calorie count?

Krissa said...

Can't wait to try these...I think I have everything except the craisins/raisins on hand. Do you think Quick Cook Oats would work fine?

Jocelyn said...

Making my menu for the week-popped over to see what ya posting these days! I'm totally going to make these this week-with sunbutter of course :) Hope all is well---miss you! Thanks for the recipe!

Krissa said...

Made these over the weekend and they are a hit! Thanks so much for the recipe!

Andrea said...

Krissa, I am glad you liked these (I knew you would and was thinking of you when I posted it!)

As far as the calorie count... I am so sorry that I can't offer any advice- I have never been much of a calorie counter, I like to think in terms of ingredients, moderation, and over all diet intake... maybe we could google it and see what we find! Thanks for your comment!!!

Jocelyn, did you make these with Sunbutter??? how did they turn out?? Did the boys eat them?? Thanks for all your comments, glad you are finding some new recipes that you like! That makes my day!

Caitlin said...

Great easy recipes. I love granola bars and defintely will love to try this recipe. Best thing is we can select the ingredients we like in our granola bars and come up with our version. Thanks for sharing!


Kristen and Judd said...

This recipe looks awesome! I'm going to try it soon. Thanks for sharing. I, too, am making a recipe blog as an easier way to share my Vegan/Vegetarian recipes with friends and family. Do you mind if I ask you how you created the "Categories" column on your blog? I am new to blogging, and would love to do that, or even just an alphabetical listing of my recipes. Any help you could give me would be greatly appreciated! :)

Warner said...

Wow! I made these and they are so delicious that I probably packed in a good 800 calories of them in a day. Dangerously good. Thanks for the great recipe! I love your blog. As far as the calories go, you can go to mynetdiary.com and put in all of the ingredients and click on recipe. It will calculate the total calories in the batch and you can break it down into how many bars you made. I believe myfitnesspal.com will do the same.