Healthy Homemade Granola Bars

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My Sundays are spent meal prepping. Taking the 2-3 hours on Sunday helps my week go well by not having to think what I want for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. 

My meal prep this week includes: 

Breakfast
Eggs + Cinnamon Toast
Yogurt + Berries

Lunch
Smoothies

Dinner
Lentil Pasta with Veggies & Ground Beef
Taco meat + corn + black beans
Chicken from Crock Pot + corn + beans

Snacks are a must.. as I tend to snack all the time. This week (and most every week), I make a batch of homemade healthy granola bars. 

These granola bars are high in protein, healthy fats, and calories, so they're filling. These are easy grab-and-go before yoga, or anytime I'm at work or home and just need a snack. 

 
 All the ingredients that will go into today's granola bar recipe.

All the ingredients that will go into today's granola bar recipe.

 

Ingredients

  • Gluten Free Oats
  • Peanut Butter (or almond)
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Honey
  • Coconut Oil
  • Chia Seeds (optional)
  • Almonds (optional)
  • Chocolate chips (optional, but definitely)
 

Directions

  • I combine the dry ingredients in a blender (Ninja) and pulse a couple times to chop up the almonds and oats
  • I combine the wet ingredients (peanut butter, honey, vanilla, coconut oil) in a mug and heat the mug in the microwave for 30 minutes
  • I stir the heated wet ingredients with the dry ingredients until there is a nice consistency and no oats look dry 
 
 Spread the granola out on Wax Paper, and then roll it out. 

Spread the granola out on Wax Paper, and then roll it out. 

 

Finishing Touches

After spreading out the granola on wax paper, I take another piece of wax paper and roll out the granola until it's a thin layer, about 1/2" thick. Leave the granola in the fridge overnight, and tomorrow you can cut it into bite size pieces, and enjoy!

I sometimes put granola bar in the freezer because it lasts longer (about 6 months) and I think it also tastes better. 

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Next Time

You can add/take away ingredients. When it was halloween, I added some marshmallows and candy corn. I have a sweet tooth, so that's why I add chocolate chips, even though it's totally optional. Let me know if you try this ingredient or have some suggestions for making my granola bar recipes even better!