Homemade Granola Bars/Squares
GRANOLA BARS. I eat 'em all the time, but have never made my own.
Okay I lied, I've made some before that ended up just falling apart instantly. I decided to bake these, and that helped them stay together.
These are full of nourishing ingredients, and I don't know about you or not, but there's something so satisfying about making your own foods. Making my own peanut butter, granola bars, or almond milk makes me feel so INDEPENDENT. Okay, well I definitely still buy Crazy Richard's, Perfect Bars, and Califia milk, but it's fun to try some homemade things and say you did :)
I tried to take some pictures during the processing process (redundant? lol) to show what the consistency looked like by the end. The second picture shows the addition of the raisins and mashed banana, and the last picture is the final consistency before mixing the rest of the ingredients in before baking.
- 1 cup oats
- 1/2 cup plain almonds
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1 banana (mashed)
- 2 tbsp. honey
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 1/2 cup quinoa (dry)
- 2 tbsp. coconut oil (measured solid, then melt it)
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
- Pre heat oven to 350F
- In a food processor, pulse the oats, almonds, and pepitas (see picture above)
- Add in the raisins and mashed banana, and pulse until smooth consistency (see picture)
- Empty the contents from the processor into a large bowl. Add the honey, almond butter, quinoa, cinnamon, vanilla, and coconut oil.
- Mix well. I used my hands here and really SMOOSHED (official term) it all. Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Line a 8x8 or 9x9 (I used 8x8 but my bars came out thicker than I thought) pan with wax paper. Scoop the mixture into the pan, and press in evenly. Optional: top with extra chocolate chips or pumpkin seeds.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the edges are browned
- Serve immediately for a warm + gooey baked oat square. For an on-the-go snack, let cool, then cut into bars or squares. I like to store mine in the fridge. Enjoy!!