I had never been a too into granola bars as a snack, they are often sweet enough for dessert and I prefer to eat the real thing when I want dessert – which is almost always. Granola bars just never seemed to do their job and I ended up eating lots of extra sugar without the same satisfaction. Then I discovered Larabars and realized how great snacks granola bars can make. One of the greatest things about Larabars is they do not have any artificial sweeteners added unfortunately I live on a pretty tight budget and Larabars which can be quite pricy don’t always make the cut.
I have been trying to make my own granola bars for quite some time. They have been too crunchy, too crumbly, and dry. I did my research read up on different things to bind the ingredients together but hadn’t had success – until now. I found a recipe on Eat Simply that looked intriguing. I hadn’t used egg before. I switched up some of the fruits based on what was available at my grocery store and the fact that I LOVE dried blueberries and I used a mixture of nuts to vary the flavors and because using all pecans would be more than my budget can handle. I have been imagining new combos of flavors for granola bars all day, can’t wait to make more!
Homemade Granola Bars – adapted from Eat Simply
1/3 cup flour (can be whole wheat)
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup dried blueberries
1 cup dried apricots chopped
1 1/2 cups dried figs (I wanted to use dates but all the store had were figs) chopped
1/2 cup almonds chopped
1/2 cup walnuts chopped
1/2 cup pecans chopped
1/2 tspn vanilla
1 tbsp honey
*make sure that your dried fruit does not have added sugar and that the nuts you purchase are not salted.
preheat the over to 325 degrees
Line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper.
Mix together the dry ingredients in a large bowl then add the chopped fruit and nuts. In a separate bowl whisk the eggs and vanilla for 2 minutes until light and frothy. Add egg mixture and honey to the fruit, nuts and dry ingredients.
Bake for 35 to 40 minutes depending on your oven then let fully cool before cutting.
Cut as small as you would like – one of the best parts about making your own granola bars is you get to determine how big they are.
Have you made your own granola bars – what worked and what didn’t?