DIY Granola Bars

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It’s definitely been a while! Thanksgiving is so close (next week!), so be sure to stay tuned for some thanksgiving posts (aka pumpkin pie or something). In the meantime, here’s a quick granola bar recipe! Granola bars are always a great to snack on the go and as a college student, I always on the go. Whether it’s running to class, to club meetings or late night study sessions, it’s always a good idea to have a granola bar or two handy. But being allergic to both peanuts and soy products, it’s hard for me to find a granola bar I’m not allergic to. Not to mention the fact that some granola bars aren’t really as healthy as we think they are. Either way, making granola bars at home is definitely a better investment. It takes less than $20 to make a single batch and it’s completely customizable for your own tastes. Choose your own nuts, dried fruits and sweeteners to make your homemade granola bars your new favorite.

The base of your granola should include:

2 cups of old fashioned rolled oats (gluten free if you can’t eat gluten)
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup nut butter of your choice (peanut, almond, hazelnut, sunflower, nutella)
1 egg white or egg white substitute (this is the binding agent and you can totally omit this, but you’ll have to bake them for a few more minutes)
1/2 cup unsalted butter (melted)

Optional Ingredients:
Chocolate chips
Roughly chopped nuts of your choice
Dried fruits
Flax seeds
Pumpkin seeds
Assorted spices (Cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, just to name a few)

Chocolate Raspberry Granola Bars

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Ingredients:

-2 cups of old fashioned rolled oats
-1/4 cup honey
-1/2 cup almond butter
-1 egg white
-1/2 cup unsalted butter (melted)
-1/2 cup chocolate chips
-1/2 freeze dried raspberries
-1/2 cup roughly chopped almonds

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and prep your baking pan by spraying it with nonstick spray and lining it with parchment paper.
  2. Mix your egg white with a whisk until nice and frothy. Add in the honey and the nut butter. Mix to combine. Add in the rolled oats, melted butter and roughly chopped nuts.DSC_8828
  3. Fold in the optional ingredients (chocolate chips, dried fruits, seeds, etc.)
  4. Using a rubber spatula spread the mixture into the baking. I would use a 8 by 8.DSC_8829
  5. Bake for 15 minutes or until the granola is brown along the edges. Turn off the oven and let the bars cool in the oven for 1 hour
photos by Patrick Domingo

photos by Patrick Domingo

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