Homemade Granola Bars: Healthy Snacks!

heart granola bars arranged in circle

Eating healthy while on the road requires advance planning. We LOVE finding local places on Yelp to eat our meals, but not so in love with gas station snacks. Don’t get me wrong, I’m perfectly capable of slamming a whole (delicious) bag of cheddar Munchies Mix, but I know that it will make me feel crummy after. Not to mention that convenience store snacks aren’t cheap either!  I’m more of a 5 small meals instead of 3 big ones person anyways, so I wholeheartedly love snacking. It’s one of my favorite parts of planning a road trip- what will we eat in the car?!

I am opposed to the junk that goes into many snack foods. We still eat them on occasion, but not often. Most “quick” snack foods seem to be highly processed and contain extra ingredients that aren’t exactly food! So I set out to find something snackish, portable, and shelf stable to feed us that wasn’t full of items I couldn’t identify without a degree in chemistry.

heart shaped granola bars

These bars are definitely not low calorie or low sugar, but they are made with minimally processed ingredients and are free of granulated sugar, high fructose corn syrup, artificial dyes, and artificial flavors. If you choose to put chocolate chips in your bars, be sure to check the ingredients on the label to make sure you aren’t getting anything you don’t want in your food!

raisins, oats, shredded wheat

These bars are soft but not crispy or crumbly, which means they are PERFECT for cookie cutters! I couldn’t find my large set of cutters, so I was left with a choice between a heart or a giant cowboy boot. Hearts for the win!

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NomNomNom Granola Bars

1 cup old fashioned oats
1 cup un-frosted spoon-size shredded wheat
1 cup dried fruit (raisins, cherries, berries, or dates seem to work well)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
1/4 cup honey
2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup unsweetened nut butter (sunflower seed butter works well too!)
1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350° F and lightly grease an 8×8 pan (I chose to use coconut oil for this).

2. Place raisins in food processor and pulse until lightly chopped (it will be sticky).

3. Add the shredded wheat, oats, cinnamon and salt in food processor and pulse until mixture is finely chopped and incorporated.

4. In a large bowl whisk together eggs, honey, vanilla and peanut butter.

5. Add the oat mixture and chocolate chips and stir until combined. Spread mixture in pan.

6. Bake 15-18 minutes until edges are slightly golden. Let cool completely in the pan on a wire rack before slicing into squares.

7. Cut into desired shape (I used a cheap little heart cutter like this one) or go with the traditional bar shape, whatever you’re feelin’.

heart granola bar with orange juice

These lovelies make a filling breakfast or a hearty snack; try them out and let us know what you think! Are you going to add any goodies? Sub a flax egg for the real thing? We’d love to hear how it works out. Happy baking!

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