today’s realization: i need to stop buying in bulk and we are running low on snacks.
enter: homemade granola bars.
i have never made them before, but have obscene amounts of peanut butter, chocolate chips and coconut oil and a pantry that i’d like to make my way through. i had the remainder of a bag of instant oats and a couple single serving portions of instant steel cut oats, so i thought i’d find a recipe i could use and adapt to the other things i had floating around. ivan is also lacking snacks for his packed lunches, so i figured it was worth a shot!
homemade granola bars
adapted from mostly homemade nom
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup honey
2 1/4 cups old fashioned/rolled oats
1 cup of mix ins of choice [i used about 1/2 cup chocolate chips and 1/3 cup each of chopped dates and pumpkin seeds]
1. heat coconut oil in the microwave until liquid. mix in the peanut butter and honey. whisk together until smooth and let cool.
2. in a large bowl, combine oats and chocolate chips. Pour cooled coconut oil mixture over oats and chocolate chips, and stir to coat well.
3. Press into a 9 x 9 baking dish and refrigerate until firm and solid. Cut into bars, and store in the fridge in an airtight container.
the verdict: they are quite delicious! i’m glad i added the sunflower seeds and next time i would probably add more of those and some almonds and fewer chocolate chips [much to ivan’s dismay]. i would suggest wrapping the granola bar in wax or parchment paper and then in plastic wrap if putting it in a packed lunch as it does soften slightly. they do firm up nicely in the fridge and stay soft.
what i really like about this recipe is that i can adjust it to my preference. it’s also great to actually know whats in your granola bar and be able to have complete control over the ingredients. you can make them as
unhealthy healthy as you want! go nuts [or chocolate chips, whatever you prefer].