Today is granola bar day. Sounds exciting, right?
Before I transitioned to making all of our own foods, granola bars were a staple around here. It IS the easiest thing to grab for breakfast & snacks & whatever other reason you would have to scarf a gran bar. But seriously, have you checked out the ingredients on those bad boys? Makes me feel illiterate just trying to read them. Talk about a wake-up call for me. The kids, however, were not quite so keen on giving those up.
Not to worry, kids. I have a solution.
Mel’s Yummy AND Healthy Gran Bar Squares
1 cup peanut butter (or other type of nut or seed butter)
1/2 cup raw, local honey
1/2 cup coconut oil (or grassfed butter)
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 cups old-fashioned oats (NOT quick)
1 cup shredded coconut
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup total of add-ins (today I used crushed rice Chex and hemp seeds, but other options include rice crispies, chopped nuts, dried fruit, etc.)
Combine peanut butter, honey, and coconut oil in saucepan over low heat until melted completely.
Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and cocoa.
In large bowl, combine oats, coconut, and add-ins. Stir in peanut butter/cocoa mixture.
Line a baking dish with parchment paper and pour mixture in. I use the back of my spoon to smoosh it in, but hands work well too. Then you can lick your hands clean. If you like to do that kind of thing. I do. 🙂
Pop the whole pan into the fridge until cool enough to cut into squares or bars – whichever you prefer.
To keep them firm, I like to store mine in the fridge. You can do so in the pan, but I prefer to cut mine up and individually wrap them – that way, they are ready to grab as I’m running out the door, or to throw in lunch boxes.
I think that this is one of the EASIEST snacks to make ahead of time. Literally takes all of ten minutes to make. Oh, and did I mention that they are SUPER TASTY? Just ask my daughter. They are the best granola bars, like, ever.