SUPER NUTTY HOMEMADE GRANOLA BARS

Tomorrow the hubby & I are going away again for a weekend of camping in New Hampshire with some friends. We both love camping but haven’t been all summer. It’s about time!

I always bring snack bars for camping, especially if we’re hiking & we need quick, filling, on-the-go snacks. I was just going to pick up some healthy snack bars at the grocery store, but I really couldn’t find anything that was “healthy” enough to me.

I made some homemade snack bars a few weeks back, so I decided to experiment with them again instead of purchasing anything. The hubby specifically requested for something a little nuttier this time than just standard chocolate chip granola bars.

I have to say, they turned out really great!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 cups oats (preferably quick oats)
  • 2 tablespoons wheat germ
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup pecans*
  • 1/4 cup almonds*
  • 1/4 cup craisins or dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Mix the peanut butter, honey, and coconut oil together until blended well.

2. In a separate bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together.

*Note: for the nuts, you can choose any kind of you like. I just happened to have pecans & almonds on hand.

3. Mix the peanut butter mixture into the oat/nut mixture until well blended and all the oats and nuts are coated well.

4. Shape the oat “dough” on a foil covered baking sheet by using a spatula to flatten.

5. Put in the fridge or freezer to set, about 30 minutes.

6. Slice it with a pizza cutter to create bars. Makes 8.

Slice the bars with a pizza cutter

I was trying to save them all for the trip, but I just had to try one beforehand. Quite nutty indeed!

What I particularly love about homemade bars is that they are so much more filling. Pure oats, seeds, nuts, and peanut butter? I know there are a lot of calories in this snack, but it’s exactly what I’m looking for in a snack bar these days. Those little 100 calories things just don’t cut it for me. And I also love knowing everyingredient in these bars. No random syrups or extra sugars. Just goodness.

I put them in individual snack bags to take with us on the trip. I’m keeping them refrigerated until we leave, as they tend to get a little crumbly at room temperature.

Hopefully they hold up in a backpack!

Questions for You:

  • What’s your favorite trail snack?
  • The perfect granola bar for you would include what ingredients?

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