The other day I posted a recipe for delicious homemade chewy granola bars. Yesterday, I shared the recipe with a friend, who made the granola bars for her boyfriend. I loved how she wrapped them (she was sending them through the mail)! What’s even better is how much that adorable twine cost…just a dollar at Target.
I think these granola bars make a healthy alternative to sending cookies. What are some other ideas for delicious, healthy treats?
I can’t totally take credit for this recipe; I got it from a coworker after trying a batch of his. I did modify the recipe to fit my own tastes (substituting flax seeds for chia seeds and adding a bit more peanut butter and less honey). A great thing about this recipe is that there really is no limit to its variations. I decided to make my own granola bars instead of buying them because I not only wanted to save a bit of money, I also wanted to control exactly what I was eating in this snack. I always had trouble identifying store-bought granola bars that were truly healthy (“Is this more like a candy bar than a granola bar? What does whole wheat really mean in this bar?”). With my own homemade granola bars, I know exactly what I’m getting!
2 Cups Quick Oats
1 Cup Protein Powder
1 Cup Chia or Flax Seed
1 Cup Dried Cranberries
1 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips
Mix the above ingredients in a bowl, then add:
1 1/2 Cup Natural Peanut Butter
1/2 Cup Honey
Press the mixture into a 9X13.
Depending on how crazy I get with the chocolate chips or cranberries, I’ll add in extra peanut butter or honey to firm up the mixture.
Store in the fridge to help keep from crumbling.
Hope you enjoy as much as I do!