Oh sweet, delicious granola bars. I love the way these crumbly, oaty bites satisfy my sweet tooth, whilst not being too overindulgent. They’re bursting with juicy raisins, tart cranberries and crunchy almonds, glued together with sweet honey and rich, silky butter. This healthy granola bar recipe is too good not to share.
These granola bars make the perfect on the go snack – whether for breakfast, brunch, or that 3pm sugar-hit – although I hasten to add – these bad boys are technically sugar-free. They’re just made to be enjoyed on a cold morning with a cup of steaming hot tea. I love to have things like this hidden away in the cupboard, it’s so much nicer to pick at wholesome, homemade treat as opposed to something pre-packaged and foil wrapped.
These particular bars have a crumbly, chewy texture, easily broken into bite sized pieces for the perfect mouthful. Chunky nuts and juicy raisins are aplenty for bite, body and flavour. Don’t expect these bars to hold together as well as a golden-syrup filled flapjack, these break up of their own accord, leaving small and big bites for you to choose from. Although if you did want more of a sturdy bar, feel free to add a couple of tablespoons of golden syrup into the mix and omit the coconut sugar or honey. Although I love that these bars are pretty wholesome and stay away from refined sugars.
This recipe is a miss mash of many recipes I’ve found online. And this one is heavily influenced by the Smitten Kitchen. I love her recipes and this is one of the easiest granola recipes I’ve come across. It has a lovely ratio of dried fruit, nuts and enough oats to hold the whole thing together. Unlike the Smitten Kitchen recipe, I’ve swapped out sugar for coconut sugar, used coconut flour and omitted both the cinnamon and corn syrup. Celiacs can most certainly make this gluten free – just switch the oats to gluten free ones! And for vegans? Swap the butter for coconut oil. This will make it super crumbly so it may require a tablespoon or two more of honey or golden syrup, give it a go and enjoy it with your morning coffee. You’ll love it, I promise.
So here’s how this healthy granola bar recipe is done…
1 2/3 cups oats
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1/3 cup coconut flour (or plain flour)
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 ½ cups dried fruit and nuts
1/3 cup peanut butter (or your choice of nut butter)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 Tbs butter (melted)
1/4 cup honey (swap for golden syrup for a less crumbly bar)
Preheat the oven to 170ᵒC and line a 8inch square baking tray. Mix together all the dry ingredients in a big bowl.
In a second bowl combine the melted butter, peanut butter and honey. Whisk together until well combined.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well.
Pour the granola mix into your lined baking tray and pop in the oven for 20 minutes or until the top is an even, toasted brown. Allow to cool before turning out and slicing (or breaking) into various size chunks. This bit is excruciating…It smells so good it’s almost impossible not to dive straight in. Even Leni wanted a piece.
Now enjoy for breakfast, brunch as an afternoon snack or an after-dinner sweet treat – basically any time you want! Store them in an airtight container to keep all that squidgy goodness in. Mine didn’t last more than a few days but they should be good for up to a week in a container.
I hope you enjoy this healthy granola bar recipe, what’s your favourite breakfast on the go?
Until next time,