Homemade Granola Bars.


Happy morning friends & family!

I’m sharing one of my newfound favorite snack recipes on the blog today! I make a conscious effort to keep the kitchen filled with plenty of easy grab & go snack foods for the girls & our little firefly boy.  We stay well stocked with things like fresh fruit, cheese, crackers & nuts, but who doesn’t love a good slightly sweet, slightly salty granola bar? I have found the perfect combination of nutritious & delicious goodness in this very basic recipe.  These bars are an excellent choice for breakfast bites on the way to the bus stop, an after school snack or a pregame energy boost.  The kids, the hubs & even the chickens love these munchies & I think your family will too! Give it a try & feel free to substitute or add in your favorite dried fruits, seeds or nuts.  Enjoy!
½ stick of unsalted butter
3 cups whole oats
½ cup chopped almonds (or any other nut choice – I do almonds)
¼ cup flax seeds (or any other small seed choice – I prefer flax)
½ cup dried cranberries, roughly chopped (I use dried blueberries too)
¼ teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ cup honey (Buy local if possible just because it’s the right thing to do)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ripe banana
2 Tablespoons almond butter
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 large egg whites
Preheat oven to 350.
Grease 9×13-inch baking pan w/ coconut oil or butter.
Combine oats, almonds, dried berries, flaxseeds, cinnamon & salt in large bowl. Mix.  Melt butter with honey & vanilla in saucepan on stovetop. Stir well.
Puree banana & almond butter in blender or food processor.
Pour honey & butter mixture onto banana & almond butter & process little longer.
Add lemon juice & egg whites to processor & blend for about 1 more minute.
Pour banana concoction over top of oat mixture in bowl & combine all ingredients.
Once mixture is completely coated & well mixed, spread into baking pan.
Press mixture into baking pan firmly with back of large spoon.
Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove & let cool.
Cut into bars & eat immediately after completely cooled OR for a more “dried granola bar texture” wait 24 hours & then transfer bars to airtight container.  Can be stored for up to 1 month!
Woohoo! Hope you love them as much as we do!


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