If you’re a granola bar fan, like me, you’ve probably wanted to try making your own – something custom-made to your taste and a healthier choice than the sugar-laden commercial bars at the market.
No doubt you have figured out by now that most of the store-bought granola bars are not much better than candy or cookies, when it comes down to nutrition and counting calories. And let’s not even get into the issues of over-packaging, the mysterious ingredients with long scary scientific names, and the cost of buying those little snacks…
In short, I decided to start making my own.
So I looked up about five or six different recipes for granola bars in my extensive collection of cookbooks (it’s a weakness, what can I say) and did a “mix and match” of ingredients to come up with the following recipe.
Next time I will probably leave out the brown sugar, as they’re just a tiny bit on the sweet side for my taste. And maybe chopped almonds instead of sliced, for more of an almond-flavour punch. And maybe some raisins — you can’t go wrong with raisins in granola bars, but I just didn’t happen to have any this time.
Anyway, here’s the recipe I came up with — enjoy!
Chewy Granola Bars
Pre-heat oven to 325°F. Line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper, or with waxed paper sprayed with oil.
Combine and set aside:
1 cup oats
1/2 cup chopped dried cranberries
1/2 cup sliced blanched almonds
1/4 cup finely chopped almonds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds, hulled, not salted
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
In a heavy saucepan over low heat (or in a large glass bowl in the microwave), combine:
1/4 cup almond butter (you could also use peanut butter)
1/4 cup liquid honey
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 Tbsp butter
Bring just to the boiling point, stirring to dissolve the sugar. This will only take a minute or two. Set it aside.
Whisk 1 egg white into the warm “granola glue” liquid.
Stir in the dry ingredients.
Press the mixture firmly into the prepared pan.
Bake at 325 for 20-25 minutes.
Allow to cool completely in the pan before cutting into pieces of whatever size you like. I cut mine into 1-inch x 4-inch bars, similar to the size and shape of the granola bars you might buy at the grocery store.