A recipe for home made granola bars that will rival store bought and save you a lot of money. The perfect snack.
I often get asked what I have for snacks and these granola bars are one of my favourites. If you watched my food preparation video, you would have seen me speak about these. They are quite high in calories because of the nuts and seeds, but they are not "bad" calories. Because I eat a lot of fresh produce, it can sometimes be hard for me to reach my calorie limit for the day, so eating one of these ensures that I am eating enough. I love granola bars, they are great for an on the go snack too, but if you look at the ingredients of the store bought ones, they have way too many things added to them and you can make them yourself with much less ingredients and they taste so much better.
These don't make the perfect bar shapes, so when you take it out of the oven, leave it to cool for a little while and then break into the size you want. This recipe made about 12 pieces for me.
I also like to take one of the "bars" and crumble it up and put on top of yogurt and fruit for breakfast.
How to make Homemade Granola Bars - serves 16:
Homemade Granola Bars
- 350 g oats
- 60 g chopped almonds (you can use any nuts, or even a mix)
- 2 tbsp honey
- 4 tbsp peanut butter (or any nut butter)
- 4 tbsp carob chips (you can use chocolate chips)
- 4 tbsp sunflower seeds (or any other seeds)
- 4 tbsp desiccated coconut
- Heat the oven to 175C/350F.
- Add all of the dried ingredients to a large bowl and then mix in the nut butter and honey and stir. You may need to add a little more nut butter or honey if it is too dry, depending on what nut butter you are using.
- Add the mixture into a greased dish. The size dish you use depends on the thickness of the bar you want.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes.
- Once fully cooled slice into bars.
In other exciting news, the lovely people at Total Greek Yoghurt sent me lots of lovely yogurt this morning to review some of their new flavours.
I would just like the state that in regards to reviews of products that I do, whether I get sent the product to test out or not, I will never review a product that I don't believe in, or that I wouldn't use/eat myself. I have been eating Total Greek Yogurt for years and it helped me so much whilst I was losing weight, so I am happy to share my opinions on this with you in the review. I also can't wait to try the split pots - the pomegranate raspberry looks delicious.
Today has been my rest day from the gym and it is nice to get lots of other things done. As well as eating a lot of yoghurt (look at how it is staring at me), I have been writing lots and getting organised - it makes a change.
What is your favourite thing to snack on?
What is your favourite yogurt topping?