I really couldn’t wait any longer to share this recipe with you. I have been trying to find a good homemade granola bar recipe forever, and I mean FOREVER. I stayed up late at night multiple times trying different recipes and determining how I could make them better. And guess what? This is THE ONE.
Since I get my fair share of sugar in all the desserts I indulge in often, I try to keep the rest of my diet fairly healthy. I hate when everyday snacks and cereals have unnecessary amounts of sugar in them. I cringe when a granola bar contains 20g of sugar along with loads of preservatives. In my mind I then have to choose between the granola bar and say a cookie. I would OBVIOUSLY much rather eat the cookie.
Granola bars are such an easy portable snack, so I decided that I needed to come up with a healthier homemade version that was just as delicious as the sugar laden ones. I had no idea this was going to be such a tough task, but I am happy to share my results with you. I combined a few recipes I found into one and made some tweaks along the way.
These granola bars are better than store bought and actually taste as delicious as a cookie! They are sweetened by all natural sweeteners like agave, truvia and applesauce. They are also full of fiber and nutrition from oats and ground flax seed and they are very versatile. You can make endless varieties by just switching up what you incorporate into them. My two favorite kinds right now are chocolate chip almond and cinnamon raisin. I may or may not have had a dream about adding coconut and peanut butter chips to them. The possibilities are endless and I’d love to hear what you come up with!
The best part about these granola bars is that they last forever, well, unless you eat them all in a week (which you might)! I individually wrap mine in foil and store them in the freezer. I can just grab one and go whenever I need to bring a snack with me and they are usually thawed enough to eat within 10-15 minutes.
Well what are you waiting for?? Go make these right now!
2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup plus 4 Tbsp. oat flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2-3 Tbsp. ground flax seed
1/2 cup rice crispies cereal (I use Erewhon’s gluten free brown rice cereal)
2 packets truvia
4 Tbsp. unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup agave
1 tsp. vanilla extract
4 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted
Add whatever else you want: mini chocolate chips, cinnamon and raisins, nuts, chopped dried fruit, peanut butter chips etc.
In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients. Rather than buying oat flour, you can just grind rolled oats in a food processor and then measure the correct amount of oat flour. In a liquid measuring cup, or another small bowl, combine all liquid ingredients. (You can melt the coconut oil in the microwave for 30 seconds or so, or in a small saucepan on the stove on low to medium heat. I usually measure it after it is melted.) Add the liquids to the dry mixture and stir until completely combined. Then fold in whatever fruits, nuts or chips you are using.
Line a 9 x 13 pan with wax paper and dump your mixture into it. Use your hands to press the mixture evenly in the pan, reaching all the sides and corners. Then take another piece of wax paper and press it on top of the mixture. Use a large can to press the mixture down very hard. (These granola bars may still be more delicate than store bought ones, but you want to try and squish the mixture down to make it as compact as possible.)
Remove the top layer of wax paper and refrigerate the bars until firm. I like to put the pan in the freezer for 45 minutes or so before cutting the bars. This makes less of a mess and makes them easier to cut.
Store the bars in a freezer bag or tin foil in either the fridge or freezer.