Dessert, Vegan

Healthy Granola Bars

Have you ever looked at the nutritional facts on the back of granola and candy bars? There is so much sugar and several ingredients that we probably can’t pronounce. This bar is so much more than just a typical granola bar. The nut butters and cocoa in it make you feel like you are eating something bad…very bad. It isn’t at all though! These are all amazing ingredients that are good for you. Treat your loved ones especially the kiddos to these treats and trust me they will absolutely love them. They don’t taste “healthy” at all. Try for yourself and see 🙂 It is also perfect because it can be made ahead of time and kept for the whole week if stored properly. Also, you can make any desired shape you would like out of them!

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Ingredients

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup Raw Honey (use agave if vegan or maple syrup)

1/4 cup almond butter

1/4 cup peanut butter

1/3 cup crushed hazelnuts

1 cup rolled oats (I used Gluten Free oats)

1 tbsp cocoa powder unsweetened

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 tsp ground flax seeds

A dash of vanilla extract

A sprinkle of cinnamon

1 tbsp sesame seeds

1/4 cup coconut flakes (optional)

2 tbsp dried cranberry (optional)

chocolate chips (optional)

Instructions

  • Melt together the almond & peanut butter, along with the honey, vanilla, and coconut oil in a pan on low heat.
  • Add the cocoa and then stir in the rolled oats a little a time.
  • Take off the heat and add in the flax seeds, chia seeds, crushed hazelnuts, cinnamon, coconut flakes, and dried cranberry. You would add the chocolate chips at this point as well. Mix together.
  • In a lined 8 x 8 pan, spread out the batter evenly with a spatula. Sprinkle the sesame seeds on top. Cover with plastic wrap and set in the fridge to harden. This shouldn’t take more than an hour or so.
  • Use any cookie cutter you like to make the desired granola shape. I went with hearts for the theme of Valentine’s.
  • Store in an air tight container in the fridge for about a week.

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