Mom Knows Best : Easy No Bake Homemade Granola Bars

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Easy No Bake Homemade Granola Bars


You will love how easy these are to make.



  My family loves granola bars. They are an easy grab and go snack. My husband will grab a granola bar for breakfast out the door while my teen will stash a couple in his backpack for snacks before running. The two youngest boys enjoy granola bars for an after school snack. You see granola bars are so versatile. I just wish the ones you buy at the store were healthier as they are usually loaded with way too much sugar. I so want my family to eat better this year, but granola bars are my family's to go snack. My solution for a healthy granola bar is to make them myself. That way I can use healthy ingredients and control the amount of sugar in the granola bar. I discovered a granola bar recipe that is healthy and so easy to make. This granola bar recipe uses healthy oats and almond butter so they are loaded with fiber and protein. You can make them even healthier by adding nuts and chia seeds.

My granola bar recipe only uses five ingredients making them so simple to whip up the night before so my family can grab them out the door the next day. I used almond butter in my recipe but you can substitute peanut butter for a different flavor.


Easy No Bake Homemade Granola Bar
Makes 12 bars

2 cups oatmeal
1 cup almond butter or peanut butter
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup agave syrup or honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


·       Combine the oatmeal, almond butter, chocolate chips, vanilla extract, and agave syrup in a medium size bowl. Stir until well combined.

·       Line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper, allowing the paper to fall over the edges. Press the oatmeal mixture into the pan.

·       Place in the refrigerator for1 hour, or until firm. Remove paper from pan and then cut the large square in half. Then cut each half into 6 rectangles. Wrap bars individually with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator.

To make these granola bars healthier, add two tablespoons of chia seed, flax seed, nuts, pumpkin seeds, or sunflower seeds. Just add 1 tablespoon more agave syrup for each addition.




22 comments:

  1. Yum! We all love granola bars in our house. I need to try these.

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  2. We love granola bars! Homemade would be even better.

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  3. This looks like a fantastic recipe I could try out with my daughter. Thanks for sharing I look forward to testing it out. Angela from Daysinbed

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  4. Our New Year's resolution is to eat healthier and I was thinking of some easy but delicious snacks my husband could take to work - these will be perfect! :)

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  5. I dont know about adding seeds yet its a healthy addition to home made granola bars. And that they are no bake adds to the attraction for me lol. Cia seeds sound fab though I find them bland. So sesame seeds would be my go to choice and yes I will make these on the weekend to soothe my ohh so sweet tooth that has been crying out for a healthy snack :)

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  6. That's cool that you make your own. Now you know exactly what is in it. Looks delicious!

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  7. That's so awesome. I've never tried making granola bars at home. I think this is a lot better since you know that you've put it healthy ingredients!

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  8. Yum! Will definitely have to try this. Looks gluten-free, so that's great!

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  9. Easy No Bake Homemade Granola Bars sounds like a terrific and tasty recipe for me. I would enjoy these at work in the afternoon.
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  10. I love how quick and simple they are to make! Sounds delicious!

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  11. Looks yummy. This will be easy. Thank you.

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  12. Looks super yummy! I love how quick and easy they are to make.

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  13. i agree the store bought ones have way too much sugar. i would like to make homemade ones too

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  14. I am all for homemade and taking out all the preservatives and junk in the processed bars! Great recipe and thanks for posting!

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  15. I need to try this recipe, I like the idea of homemade granola bars instead of store-bought. I know my hubby would enjoy these!

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  16. love granola bars energy on the go I call it. Thanks for sharing a great recipe we are gonna have to try

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  17. I love making homemade granola bars! They're so much cheaper to make and healthier than the ones you can buy at the store.

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  18. I love granola bar. My wife should know about this and it looks like easy to prepare. Thanks for sharing

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  19. Very easy recipe. Will try for sure

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  20. Love homemade granola bars. They save so much money and are perfect for on the go!

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  21. Our kids love Granola Bars, but I honestly never thought about making them. This looks and sounds like a yummy meal!

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