After making my own protein bars last month, I have been really wanting to have a go at making some homemade granola bars. Yesterday was the first part of my dissertation defense. And yes, I passed! Yay! Now to just finish my analyses and writing the results up, and then one more final defense and I will be D.O.N.E.! So anyway, when you do a defense, it’s wise to bring some snacks for your committee members. A hungry committee member is not a good thing, folks. My defense was at 10am so I didn’t want to bring anything that was too sweet. Homemade granola bars it was!
I loooooove these bars! Like, I am never going to buy them again. I love that these bars do not contain any added sugar or corn syrup. They are also no-bake! Gotta always love that!
Unfortunately because I was busy prepping for my defense the day before, I didn’t get around to making these until late and wanted to slice them up before bed so I didn’t have to worry about it in the morning. So, I attempted to cut my bars after about 3 hours and I think that was too soon as some kind of fell apart. Doh! So, I recommend letting them set for a good 4 hours or overnight before slicing them up.
- 3/4 cup oat flour or almond flour
- 1 cup quick oats
- 3/4 cup dried cranberries, raisins, pomegranate (whatever dried fruit you want!)
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 2 tbs. sesame seeds (or chia seeds)
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tbs. honey
- 3 tbs. coconut oil
- 1/3 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp. almond extract
- 1/8 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
- Other add-ins: other nuts, mini chocolate chips, etc.
- In a bowl, combine the flour, oats, dried fruit, sesame seeds, and any other add-ins.
- Add the coconut oil, honey, vanilla and almond extract, and salt in a small sauce pan. Heat on medium heat until the mixture begins to foam. Remove from the heat and pour into the bowl with the dry mixture. Mix well to coat all of the ingredients.
- Prepare a baking dish that is no larger than a 9x13 baking dish or a half-sheet pan with saran wrap. Make sure to leave some of the wrap hanging over the sides. Press the mixture into the dish and spread evenly. Cover with additional saran wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
- Remove the bars by lifting them out of the pan with the excess saran wrap. Cut into bars. I wrapped mine in some saran wrap for an easy take-and-go snack. Store left over bars in the refrigerator.
Adapted from Iowa Girl Eats