Can you believe we’re nearing the end of August? As tourists head home, kids go back to school, and beach days slip away, I’m going to hold onto summer as long as I can! I love meal prepping, but completely slack during the summer months due to more fun activities – insert: happy hour on the deck, paddle boarding, beaching, laughing with friends. I totally can’t be alone on this! However, making healthy snacks to bring to work is a priority on my list. These granola bars have been a favorite for a long time and I’m always switching up the recipe with various ingredients. They are easy, delicious, sweet enough, and not filled with additives, chemicals, artificial sweeteners, food coloring, or high-fructose corn syrup. Mother, boyfriend, and child approved!
Healthy Granola Bars
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1/2 cup hemp seeds
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 2 tablespoons coconut sugar (sub any sugar)
- 1/2 cup flax meal
- Several dashes of cinnamon
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup coconut oil (melted)
- 1 egg
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9×13 pan. In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients. In a small bowl, combine melted coconut oil, honey and 1 egg. Make a little well in the middle of the dry ingredients to pour the wet mixture into. Mix together until well combined. This will be a bit sticky!.. but delicious if you accidentally taste test 😉
Spoon mixture into the prepared pan, spreading evenly. You may need to wet your fingers or spatula to help pat down the mixture.
Bake for 18-20 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Remove from oven and let sit for at least 30 minutes before cutting into. If you cut into them right away, they will be too soft and break. With homemade and lower-sugar granola bars, shapes vary! I get around 16 small bars out of these every time. I like to store mine in the fridge or even the freezer. You may notice chia seeds in the granola bar picture above – only because I ran out of hemp seeds that day. Unless you want to walk around with floss, I recommend hemp seeds only!
CHEERS to grab and go snacks!
- What’s your favorite snack to always have on hand?