Easy, Delicious, and Nutritious Granola Bars

homemade granola bars

I love the concept of granola bars.  Nuts, fruit, seeds, and other yummy things all put together for a fast, handy snack.  What I don’t like is how granola bars have become more sugary, fattening, and loaded with preservatives and other bad things.  They are as bad as eating a piece of cake or cookies yet people still think they are “healthy”.

I challenge you to read the label on the box of granola bars that is sitting in your pantry right now….go ahead, I will wait.  (Humming my favorite song while you go look).  What did you find?  High fructose corn syrup?  Sugar (white and brown)?  Soy lecithin?  Sodium bicarbonate?  Hydrogenated palm kernel and palm oil with glyceryl lacto esters of fatty acids?  What is that anyway???  BHT….a preservative?

As if that isn’t a good enough reason to make your own, look at the amount of sugar…12, 13, 14 grams.  And the cost for those 6 or 8 bars is not cheap.

This is one food that is so easy to make and you can be so creative with what you add in.  Try this recipe or tweak it to make your own creation.

Ingredients

2 cups raw almonds (try pecans if you like)
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup dates
1/4 cup raisins (goji berries would be a healthy add in too)
2 T flax seeds
1/2 cup raw walnuts
1/4 cup coconut butter
3 T pure maple syrup
1/2 t sea salt
1 T cinnamon
2 T raw sunflower seeds

Directions

Process the almonds (or pecans) in food processor until fine.  Add dates, coconut, salt, cinnamon, and syrup.  Process until it starts to come together.  Add raisins, walnuts, coconut butter (softened), sunflower seeds and flax seeds.  Pulse until combined but not too much if you still want some nice crunchy bites.  Other great add ins would be homemade almond butter, vegan chocolate chips, oats, dried apple or other pieces of dried unsweetened fruit.

Press mixture in an 8 x 11 pan and set in the freezer for about an hour.  Cut into bars and keep in the refrigerator or freezer.

It’s that simple!

Enjoy!

-Kristen
Choosing healthy living over dying 🙂

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