I have tried many different granola bar recipes in an effort to have some nutritious, healthy snacks for my little guy who has hypoglycemia. Most snacks on the shelves are full of preservatives and things I can’t pronounce–plus, snacks are expensive.
After much tweaking, I think I have a granola bar recipe that pleases everyone in our family! They are super filling and keep really well. And they are seriously addicting!
What you need for 15-20 bars:
- 1 cup peanuts (raw is best)
- 3/4 cup flax seed (divided)
- 2 cups quick oats
- 2/3 cup sunflower seeds (raw is best)
- 1/2 – 1 cup almonds (raw is best)
- 4 Tbs butter (not margarine)
- 1/2 cup (or less) brown sugar
- 2/3 cup honey
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2-1 cup chocolate chips
Here is what to do:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Combine the peanuts and 1/4 cup of the flax seed. Process in a food processor with the metal blade for about 30 seconds or so until the mixture is the consistency of brown sugar. (You could also do this in a zip top bag with a mallet or pan. That’s a great way to relieve stress!) Pour into a medium size bowl, and add oats, sunflower seeds, and the rest of the flax seed. Toss quickly to combine and spread into a jelly roll pan or other shallow pan with sides.
3. Toss the almonds into a shallow baking dish. (Make sure you throw plenty in there for snacking as you make these!)
4. Bake both for 10-15 minutes, stirring gently every 5 minutes. Let both cool for about half an hour or so. Pour the contents of both pans back into bowl, and give a little stir.
5. Next, place butter, brown sugar, honey, vanilla, and salt in a saucepan. Heat on medium heat until bubbly.
6. Pour liquid mixture (the glue) into nuts and grains. Stir to combine.
7. Place in a jelly roll pan (I often use the same one I use for the roasting process). You may want to spray the pan lightly with cooking spray to ensure they come out easily, but I have found that isn’t necessary. Press the mixture into the pan. Then, place a piece of waxed paper or parchment paper on top and press down hard all over to ensure they stay together when you cut them.
8. If you want to add chocolate chips, you may want to wait about 2-3 minutes or so for the mixture to cool down. (I didn’t do this for the picture, so it looks a little extra messy!) You will want to sprinkle the chips on top and use the waxed paper again to press everything down and together.
9. Wait another 15-30 minutes and cut into bars. We always store them together in a container, but you could individually wrap them for easy grab-on-the-go portability.
***As a side note, these are more of the chewy granola bar consistency. If you want them slightly more crunchy, reverse the amounts of the brown sugar and the honey, and don’t process the peanuts for quite as long.
I hope you love this recipe as much as we do!