I am always on the search for snack I can give my kids that are actually healthy. I love to be able to just hand them something that I won’t have to worry about having artificial junk and preservatives in. I am a huge fan of baby carrots, fresh fruit and applesauce, but I can only convince the kids to have them as a snack a few days a week. My kids especially love granola bars.
I stumbled upon this great way to replace our store bought granola bars with ones made with real ingredients. These do have some sugar in them (especially if you add the chocolate chips 😉 ) so be aware of that, but for the most part these are healthy versions of the ones you buy in the store.
These granola bars are great for parents too. I have started grabbing half of a bar to curb the afternoon hunger.
The best part is these healthy, chewy granola bars are SUPER easy to make.
Gather your ingredients. We love 1/2 cashew butter and 1/2 almond butter, but feel free to cater to your own taste.
Measure out your nut butter and maple syrup.
Melt them in a microwave safe bowl and stir to combine.
Add the oatmeal and stir again.
Empty the ingredients into a lined pan.
Press into place.
Add any extras. We love chocolate chips and nuts or assorted dried fruit.
Let cool and then cut into bars. These keep for about a week, longer if you don’t mind a crispier granola bar.
Super-Simple, Healthy, Chewy Granola Bars
- 1 cup maple syrup
- 1 cup nut butter (can use almond butter, cashew butter, sun butter or just plain peanut butter)
- 3 cups oatmeal
- Additional add-ins like chocolate chips or dried fruit pieces
- Combine the syrup and nut butter and melt in the microwave. Stir until it is fully combined.
- Add in the oatmeal. Stir.
- Add in any additional toppings of your choice.
- Line a small bar pan with wax paper. Scoop mixture into pan.
- Use another small sheet of wax paper to press the mixture firmly into the bottom of the pan.
- Let cool, cut, and enjoy!