Granola bars always work great as a quick breakfast, snack or even a little treat. They are even better when made at home with a few ingredients, without any chemicals.
To be honest, it took me almost 2 years to try making my own granola bars at home. Of course, it’s easier just grab some on the shelf at the grocery store and not spending time in the kitchen cooking them. But it took me about 10 minutes to make them and they turned out 100% better than the store bought ones.
I am sharing my recipe with you today. Feel free to add your favorite seeds, nuts and dried fruit. I personally used pecans and dried cherries.
Homemade granola bars.
1,5 cups rolled oats
1cup rice crisp cereal ( I used brown rice crisp cereal from Whole Foods)
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
2tbps. chia seeds
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1/2 cup almond or any other nut butter
1/4 cup coconut nectar syrup or brown rice syrup
1tsp. vanilla extract
pinch of sea salt
1.5 tbsp. chocolate chips
Line the pan with parchment paper.
Ina large bowl, stir together the oats, rice crisp cereal, pecans, coconut, chia seeds, dried cherries.
In a medium pot over low heat, melt the coconut oil. Remove from the heat and stir in the almond butter, coconut nectar and vanilla until smooth.
Pour the wet mixture over dry and stir well until thorougly combined. Add a pinch of salt and stir again.
Transfer the mixture tot he prepared pan, spreading it out into an even layer.Lightly wet your hands and press doen on the mixture to even it out. Use a pastry roller to compact the mixture firmly and evenly. This helps the bars hold together better.
Place the pan in the freezer, uncovered for 10-15 minutes.
Lift the oat square out of the pan and place it on a cutting board. Slice the square into bars.
Store them in the fridge or freezer.
P.S. These bars don’t hold together perfectly, so don’t let them sit at the room temperature.