I’ve had a few requests for this recipe, so here it is! Granola bars are perfect for a grab-and-go breakfast, snacks for the family, picnic treats on the go, and even as a homemade foodie gift for friends. They’re delicious, while still being deemed healthy, so it’s a win-win in my book. I have a base recipe I use and then go mad with add-ins based on cravings, requests, or usually, what we have [or don’t have] in the cupboards.
I’ve made these for breakfast for the kids, as they’ve been getting bored of eggs, toast, cereal, EVERYTHING, etc………. . These look like treats because they’re sweet and biscuit-like, but they’re packed full of fibre, vitamins, protein, and iron, so they kids are starting the day off right with a body full of nutrients!
- 2 cups oats
- 1/2 cup seeds [If you don’t have/want seeds, you can use coconut flakes, cereal, flax, wheat germ, or any other dry ingredient.]
- 1 cup nuts
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
- 1 ounce butter
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 6 1/2 ounces mixed dried fruits
- Chocolate for the drizzle on top or chocolate chunks to add in. [Optional]
- Heat oven to gas mark 4|180*c|350f and butter a 9×9 pan.
- Place the oats, seeds, and nuts on a baking tray and bake 10-15 minutes until toasted, stirring every few minutes. If you’re using cereal instead of|along with seeds, don’t toast them. Add them in after combining the oats with the honey a few steps later.
- Over medium heat, melt the honey, peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and salt until it simmers, stirring often until it starts a low simmer, then stir constantly for approximately 5 minutes. Then take it off the heat. This heating process not only combines the honey, peanut butter, and other ingredients well, but also will thicken and caramelise the sugars to help your bars stick together, so don’t over heat! Or you’ll make granola brittle.
- Take the baking tray out of the oven and combine the toasted ingredients with the honey peanut butter mixture and stir.
- Add in fruits, cereal, and any other add ins here.
- Pour the blended ingredients into the buttered 9×9 pan and press it firmly into the pan. I used a sheet of baking paper on top of the mix and spread it without getting my hands sticky. Sticky, gooey hands with kids running mad around the house is not a good combination!
- Bake for 20 minutes and let cool completely before slicing into bars.
- These should last a week if stored properly, which means hidden away from sight in our house. These were eaten in 2 days! So much for breakfast.
For the chocolate drizzle on top, you can use this easy chocolate recipe. I used 1/4 cup of the melted chocolate to drizzle on top and set the rest as the bark per the recipe. Or you can just buy some chocolate, melt it up, and drizzle away. I won’t judge.
I hope you enjoy these as much as we did!