If you are craving something sweet but still want to keep it healthy, this simple and nutritious recipe might be a great option for you. My homemade granola bars are packed with nuts, healthy fats and cinnamon (which keeps your sugar level low).
A great thing about this recipe is that you can substitute ingredients with whatever you like – add what you love and how much you want and this way make a bar perfect for you. As well – you can add any ingredients or spices you love – like flax seeds, chia seeds, turmeric, cardamom …
If you decide to use less honey than you probably won’t be able to cut the bars (honey is sticky and keeps all ingredients together) but you will get a great granola snack that you can enjoy with yogurt or milk.
The preparation is very easy but I recommend not to skip a roasting part. Slightly roasted oats and nuts give this bar a very crunchy taste and cookie-like smell. Enjoy easy preparation and take advantage of carrying these granola bars with you anywhere you go. In the recipe, I intentionally do not specify how much of each ingredient you should use. Use as many nuts as you want, similarly with oats, spices… Based on that melt as much butter with honey so the whole mass becomes sticky and kind of keeping together.
Chopped Nuts (Cashews, Walnuts, Almonds, Macadamia Nuts …)
Seeds (Chia, Flax Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds …)
Honey or Agave (optional)
Dried Fruits (Black and White Raisins)
Spices – Cinnamon & Salt
Coconut Oil or Butter
1. Roast your oats in a dry non-stick pan for approx. 5 -8 minutes or until golden in color. You can put them into the oven as well for 8-10 minutes on 180 degrees Celsius. Do not forget to mix them occasionally.
2. Similarly, roast your chopped nuts – until they taste crunchy. If you roast them in the oven do not exceed 180 degrees.
3. In a mixing bowl mix together roasted oats, roasted nuts, seeds, cinnamon, salt, dried fruits, and coconut flakes.
3. Let the butter or coconut oil melt in a pan. When properly melted, add honey and let it melt as well so the whole mixture comes together. Pour butter-honey mixture into the bowl with oats& nuts. Mix it properly. (If it’s not sticky enough, melt more butter or butter with honey)
4. Transfer whole mixture to the 20×20 square tray or baking tray or quiche tray … whatever you have and pull it slightly down with a spoon. Bake it for 7 minutes on 180 degrees and then let it cool for at least 2 hours or overnight in a fridge. After that cut your granola pieces into the bars. Cover in a baking paper and store in a dark and air-proof container. Store for more than 2 weeks.