Homemade Granola Bars

New Year, new recipes! My granola bar recipe is so easy and simple! No baking! Just mix, freeze, and enjoy!

But first, let’s talk resolutions.

The new year always gets people pumped and excited for making big, ginormous goals! Most people fall off the wagon in the first month and then give up completely. I’ve done it. This year when making my resolutions I didn’t start thinking about them on January 1st. I started really reflecting on what I wanted to accomplish this year weeks in advance. Most people make goals that are not attainable. I chose 2 resolutions. To live simply. To love unconditionally. Each comes with sub-resolutions. For example, I plan to live simply in the following ways:

  1. Use simple, cruelty-free, eco-friendly cleaning and personal hygiene products . This may not seem simple, but I’m going for a more natural approach. When I stop to think about all the harsh chemicals that we come in contact with on a daily basis I can feel my anxiety start to take over.
  2. Continue trying to make my own food and daily use products. Hence the post about these homemade granola bars. πŸ˜‰ I’ve been making my own shampoo, cleaning products, chips, trail mix, nice cream, and now granola bars.
  3. Cut back on spending money on unnecessary items. I want to focus on buying the essentials. Minimalism is a goal of mine but it can be hard. I am constantly catching myself finding reasons why I absolutely have to have certain things. It’s (I’m) a work in progress.

My second resolution is to love unconditionally. I plan to do this by:

  1. Loving myself for all that I am. Anxiety and all. This isn’t easy. I focus so much on the past and future. I worry about things that have already happened and I can’t change. And I worry about things that may not ever happen. I don’t spend enough time in the present. I have to remind myself that I am a work in progress. I plan to work towards my goal by staying positive, practicing yoga and mindfulness daily, and journaling. Writing down my feelings, thoughts, and ideas keeps me accountable for my insecurities and goals.
  2. Loving others for who they are. Everyone has a story and everyone deserves to be loved. I;m not talking about romantic love. I’m talking about kindness, compassion, generosity.

Point is, make goals you’re going to hold yourself accountable to. Make goals that will make you proud. Don’t give up when you mess up. Because you will. Forgive yourself. Then pick it back up the next day.

Now, the recipe you’ve been waiting for. πŸ™‚

This recipe came about on its own. I had been gifted this amazing snack bar pan from my incredible mom. She bought it off Pampered Chef. In her words, “Since you’re my granola flower child, I figured you would like making your own granola bars with this.” Well folks, it’s true what they say; mama’s always right. πŸ˜‰ You can get a similar (and cheaper) one on Amazon.

I figured granola bars weren’t terribly difficult to make. Plus, I’ll know what’s really in mine. So I started grabbing the basics from the cabinets and started mixing. The ingredients in this recipe can be altered to fit your taste buds. Like peanut butter? Add that shit. Chocolate fanatic? You know what to do. (Only add the chocolate after you mix all the ingredients and let it cool a bit, otherwise the chocolate will melt; unless that’s what you’re going for. Then by all means, do your thing!)

Don’t be afraid to play with the recipe! Happy baking!

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 stick of unsalted butter (4 tbsp) cut into chunks
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of oats
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds

Instructions:

In a sauce pan, mix the honey, brown sugar, and vanilla extract, about 3 minutes. Cut the butter into chunks. Add 1 chunk at a time, whisking until smooth. Remove from heat and continue mixing until you have a semi-thick syrup.

In a separate bowl combine oats, sunflower seeds, almonds, and dried cranberries. Add in the syrup mixture and stir until everything is evenly coated.

I highly recommend having a granola bar pan. I got mine from Pampered Chef. It’s made of silicone so the bars come right out! No greasing necessary! If you do not have one, line a 9×9 baking pan with parchment paper. Pour the mixture into the pan and spread evenly, reaching the edges.

Freeze for about 2 hours. If you used a silicone baking mold, just pop them babies out! If you used a baking pan, slice the bars to your desired shape. Wrap each granola bar in parchment paper and place in a plastic bag. This will prevent the bars from sticking to one another. Place the bag in the freezer or fridge. These will last up to 2 weeks. But I’m betting they don’t last more than a day. They are delicious!

Don’t be afraid to play around with the recipe! Happy Baking!

2 thoughts

  1. Look lovely. I was looking for recipes for healthy home made granola bars and now i have it. I buy a lot of those eat natural bars but i am sure i can make one’s almost as good (if not better) and healthier! But il definitely be adding a bit of chocolate (dark variety) πŸ˜‹

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