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Granola bars are a popular and convenient snack, but the downside is they can be loaded with high fructose corn syrup, oil and other overly-processed ingredients. Here we share how simple it is to make your very own chewy granola bars at home without all the unwanted surprises inside.
If you enjoy snacking on granola bars, take a look at the ingredients listed on the package of bars you're eating. Today many of the store bought granola bars have an endless list of ingredients, some barely even pronounceable. Sound appetizing? Why not take food staples you most likely already have on hand and make your very own granola bars. Thick, chewy and with just enough sweetness to satisfy, this is an excellent snack for the entire family — not to mention much healthier.
Homemade healthy granola bars recipe
Yield 8 thick granola bars
1/2 cup organic brown sugar, loosely packed
2 tablespoons butter (does not need to be softened)
1 cup all-purpose flour or whole wheat flour
2 cups old fashioned oats
1/4 cup almond butter or peanut butter
1/2 cup chocolate chips (you can use milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips)
1/4 cup applesauce, unsweetened or sweetened
1 tablespoon chia seeds or ground flax seed (optional)
2 egg whites, beaten
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of salt
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a small 8 x 8-inch baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
In a mixing bowl add the butter and the brown sugar and mash together with a fork to mix (mixture will be very lumpy and crumbly). Add in the beaten egg whites, peanut butter, vanilla and apple sauce mixing well. Set aside.
In a separate mixing bowl add all of the remaining ingredients (flour, oats, chia or flax seeds, cinnamon, salt and chocolate chips) and mix. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix very well. Dump the mixture into the lined baking pan and press down firmly.
Bake for 20 minutes and allow to cool completely. Cut into bars and store for several days in an airtight container. You can also individually wrap the granola bars in plastic wrap where they will keep up to five days.