I’m always searching for healthy snacks for my growing kids! Nothing with tons of sugar, but also something that is fun to eat and won’t ruin appetites for the next meal, oh, and budget friendly….. I don’t ask for very much do I?? So… I decided to use some items in my pantry to experiment with making my own granola bars! We ALL loved them- I was shocked- this experiment worked! Happy surprise!
Most granola bar ingredients call for honey as the “glue” that keeps the bars together. I have noticed that honey has the ability to make my little boy run around the house like a crazy little monkey! But, I still needed a sticky liquid. I decided to use a combination of agave nectar(a natural sugar that is slowly metabolized) and maple syrup (because it’s sticky and I love the taste) It was just the right amount of stickiness.
If you’ve never worked with Coconut Oil, you will quickly notice that it comes in solid form and needs to be melted down to use as an oil. In this recipe, I also needed to melt the peanut butter down, so, I added all of the liquid (or soon to be liquid) ingredients together and put them in the microwave until melted.
I had Agave Nectar in my pantry because I had grand plans of using it instead of sugar in my coffee when I was prego and then I stopped using sugar in my coffee all together- so now I can make lots of granola bars!!
I love the taste of maple syrup- especially the REAL stuff!! It’s more expensive, but tastes oh so much better than the artificial stuff!
As usual, I had a kitchen helper! Monkey Man helped me by eating a spoonful of peanut butter!
MMMM…… melted goodness! My mind immediately went to what else I could pour this yummy sauce on…. It’s good- very good!
Oats…. I had old fashioned oats on hand- so I used that. You could use anything your heart desires and I know some recipes call for Rice Crispies to add to the texture of their bars. You are the chef!
For this recipe you can use a 9×9 pan and get pretty thick bars or use a 9×13 pan and get thin bars. This time I made thick bars. Either way, I would highly recommend you line your dish with parchment or foil. You don’t need to oil your dish because the peanut butter has enough natural oil to make the bars non-stick.
I poured my “batter” into my dish and popped them in the fridge for about 2 hours. They were perfectly set up! I pulled the bars out of the dish, and peeled the foil away, and went to cutting. I made some big ones and some small ones!! So rich and so good.
My kids call them cookies and beg for them for dessert! I can’t wait to experiment with more mix-ins: raisins and nuts and pumpkin something! I hope your family loves these as much as mine did! Enjoy!
- 2/3 cup coconut oil
- 2/3 cup peanut butter
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1/3 cup Agave nectar
- 2- 1/2 cups Old Fashioned Oats
- 3/4 cup chocolate chips
- Prepare pan by lining 9x9 pan with foil. Combine coconut oil, peanut butter, maple syrup and agave nectar in a microwave safe dish. Microwave for one minute or until all ingredients are melted. Whisk to combine. Place oats in a large bowl. Pour liquid over oats. Pour into prepared 9x9 pan. Evenly distribute chocolate chips over the top! Push chips down slightly. Refrigerate until mixture is set. Cut into desired shape. Eat and Enjoy! Store bars in the refrigerator.
- The possibilities are endless! Pick your favorite toppings and have fun!