During these final, crazy weeks leading up to the book release, this recipe has been an absolute lifesaver! Anyone who knows me knows that I love to snack. Busy schedules make it tempting to reach for convenient junk foods, but these granola bars have your back! My mighty granola bars are easy to make and packed with protein, nutrition, and an extra does of YUM!
It all started when I stumbled across this recipe. I’d always wanted to try making granola bars, but thought it would be way too complicated. Not true! The original recipe only calls for 4 ingredients. I ended up doubling the ingredients (because who wants just a few granola bars?) and added raisins and pepitas. If you want to add chocolate chips, coconut shreds, cranberries, almonds, or walnuts, go for it! Have a peanut allergy? Try sunbutter in place of peanut butter. Vegan? Replace the honey with brown rice syrup. This is an incredibly adaptable recipe that can suit any needs or sensitivities! Experiment, have fun, and–most importantly–snack well!
Julia’s Mighty Granola Bars:
4 cups regular rolled oats (NOT quick)
1 cup peanut butter (natural is best)
1 cup honey (At the time, I only had a 1/2 cup honey so I added 1/2 cup brown rice syrup. It was perfect!)
1 tsp sea salt (if using salted peanut butter, reduce to 1/2 tsp)
1 cup pepitas
1 cup raisins
1. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl
2. Pour the honey in a saucepan and heat on medium-low until it comes to a boil. Set a timer and allow honey to boil for 1 minute.
3. Remove from heat and whisk in peanut butter. Try to do this quickly as the mixture will get super sticky as it cools.
4. Pour honey-peanut mixture into dry ingredients and combine. I started with a spoon and ended up using my hands to squish everything together. 🙂
5. Press the sticky granola bar mixture into a 9×13 pan. Squish and flatten as much as you can with your hands.
6. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
7. Cut apart and devour! Store leftovers in an airtight container. I’ve been keeping mine in the fridge, but you can also leave them out on the counter, depending on how quickly you think you’ll eat them all.
Eat throughout the day whenever you need an extra boost of energy or a healthy pick-me-up!
Glass of almond milk a few carrot sticks after a workout for a rejuvenating snack
Time to get back to writing!