At last I have made a school friendly granola bar that I am happy to see my boy love.
Store bought granola bars tend to be filled with sugar and rarely don’t have wheat in them. The gluten-free bars are often very high in sugar and mostly void of fibre.
Here is the recipe that I concocted to make some delicious ones at home.
- 1 cup quick oats, 2/3 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup mini semi sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup hemp hearts
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1 cup gluten free Rice Krispies
- 1/3 cup oat flour
- 6 Tbsp oil (olive or coconut)
- 3 Tbsp honey
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1/3 cup pumpkin seed butter, heated until smooth
- Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8×8 pan with oil then line it with parchment paper that hangs over all edges.
- In a large bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients.
- In a smaller bowl, combine the oil, honey, vanilla and heated pumpkin seed butter.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until well combined.
- Pour the mixture into the pan. Use an oiled spatula or oiled waxed paper to press the mixture firmly into the pan.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes (until the edges just start to turn brown), remove and place on cooling rack. Do not attempt to remove the granola bars or cut them until they are well cooled. In fact, place them into the fridge or freezer for a few minutes to firm them up before cutting.
- These freeze really well.
Edit March 8/15: my son asked for granola bars that look like the Nature’s Path ones. They are not as thick as these. So I followed the recipe, but instead used a larger pan and cut the time down to 15 minutes. Worked like a charm!