Store-bought granola bars are often loaded with added sugar and preservatives. Keep your snacking healthy by making a batch at home. These granola bars are packed with fiber-rich oatmeal, protein-rich seeds, and they are naturally sweetened with honey and almond butter.
Yield: 6 bars
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 2 minutes
Refrigeration time: 3 hours
¼ cup unsweetened almond butter
¼ cup honey
1 ¼ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
¼ cup raw, shelled pumpkin seeds
¼ cup unsweetened dried fruit (cranberries, raisins, chopped apricots)
1 tbsp unsalted, shelled sunflower seeds
1/8 tsp salt
In a small saucepan, stir together the almond butter and honey over medium-low heat, just until smooth and warm, about 2 minutes.
In a large bowl, combine the oats, pumpkin seeds, dried fruit, sunflower seeds, and salt. Pour the almond butter and honey into the bowl and stir well to coat all ingredients.
Line an 8 x 4 inch loaf pan with parchment paper that extends at least ½ inch beyond the edge of the pan on all sides.
Transfer the granola to the pan and use greased hands to press it very firmly into the pan. Pressing is important to ensure the granola bars hold together once set.
Refrigerate for 3 hours. Grasp the edge of the parchment paper and remove the granola from the pan. Cut into 6 bars. Wrap individually in plastic wrap and store refrigerated for up to one week.
Nutrition information for 1 bar: Calories 231; Total Fat 9.9 g; Saturated Fat 1.3 g; Trans Fat 0 g; Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 52 mg; Carbohydrate 31 g; Fiber 4.1 g; Sugar 17.4 g; Protein 6.5 g