I love making my own granola and granola bars. Although it is becoming more common to see granola bars without additives like high fructose corn syrup, I really like putting things into my body that don’t come wrapped in plastic and with ingredients that I can pronounce. I love this basic granola bar recipe that can be altered based on your cravings and what you have around the house. I used pepitas that I’ve been trying to get rid of for the longest time and some dried apricots. To make the bars vegan, substitute maple syrup for the honey. The bars can also be crumbled to use as granola. If you bake them longer they will be crispy and if you bake them a shorter amount of time they will be softer (duh).
This recipe was also featured on the blog of one of my favorite companies on the planet, Brooks Running! Thanks for having me as a guest blogger, Brooks! You can see my post about the right and wrong ways to stretch here.
Basic Granola Bar Recipe
- 21/2 c. oatmeal
- 1 c. dried fruit – I used apricots
- 1 banana, mashed
- 1c. nuts – I used pepitas
- 1/4. c. soy or almond milk
- 1/2 c. honey or maple syrup
- Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl, then add the milk and honey
- Using a spoon, press the mix into a 9×13” baking dish
- Bake at 350 F for 25-30 minutes – longer for a crispier texture. Let cool to room temp and then cut into bars or crumbled for use as cereal. Store in an airtight container for up to one week.