Recipe Box: Healthy Homemade Granola Bars

Healthy Granola Bars via Lauren Lowstan

As all of you who regularly read the site know by now, I’m a do-it-yourself girl at heart. Whether creating a recipe from scratch so a vessel or planting a garden -you name it-I like to roll up their sleeves and make things my own touch to it myself. The last project that fell into this category DIY are none other than healthy granola bars. I’ve heard a lot about how packaged granola bars from the grocery store have too much sugar, excess processing, too much salt … and so on. So, I thought I along with my friend Lauren Lowstan and take a shot at making a sound on the fly granola bar with ingredients I knew for sure they were healthy and healthy. The recipe Lauren came was delicious and healthy, so I wanted to share it with all of you today … Check it out below. Enjoy!

healthy home Granola Bars

Granola bars that are (actually) healthy

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cup rolled oats old fashioned
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • ½ tablespoon protein powder (using this )
  • ¼ cup almonds
  • ¼ cup dried cherries
  • 1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  • ½ cup raw honey
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 8 oz black chocolate (any way you want)
  • ¼ cup cocoa beans

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a 9-inch pan with cooking spray and line with parchment paper. This will make it very easy to carry cooked bar! Set aside until ready to use.

2. In a large bowl, combine oats, chia seeds, protein powder, almonds, dried cherries, cinnamon and salt. In a separate small bowl combine coconut oil, raw honey, almond butter and vanilla and beat until combined. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients with a spatula, combine all ingredients completely.

3. Pour the mixture into the lined mold and firmly press the mixture with your hands or spatula so it is full of tight.

4. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes. You want the top is a nice light golden color. Let bars cool for 10 minutes and then pop it in the freezer to cool faster. Once the bars are nice and firm, you can cut them into any shape you want.

5. Melt chocolate in the black glass small bowl in microwave or in a double grill. Take a fork and splash or drizzle with chocolate bars. I like to use a fork to get a more rustic design chocolate on top. Before the chocolate hardens, sprinkle top with cacao nibs.

Homemade granola bars courtesy of Lauren Lowstan

And there you have it! Pretty simple right? Enjoy these granola bars and have a healthy snack. Or, if you have little ones, packed in their lunch for a healthy twist on a homemade dessert.

What ingredients will add fun in your granola bars?

The options are endless, so have fun with it!

XO Lauren

Photos Valorie Darling to LaurenConrad.com

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