energizing granola bars 2 ways

These are fabulous! As usual with yummy stuff in our house, they were gone in a day. So, I decided to make another batch! I tried to use things I already had in my cupboards so I made them a little differently the second time around. Both ways were delicious, just depends on your preference and what you have on hand!

Option #1

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of oats
  • 3 tablespoons chopped almonds
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup honey (maple syrup or agave can be used instead)
  • 3/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1.5 tablespoons almond milk
  • 1/4 cup chopped dried papaya
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flakes

Option #2

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of oats
  • 3 tablespoons chopped almonds
  • 1/4 cup agave
  • 2 tablespoons unrefined coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped dried apricots (with no sugar added)
  • 3 tablespoons sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

*healthy hints: Try to only use unsalted, all natural peanut butter and almond butter. It is much healthier than Skippy! Something else I do when I buy these butters is I drain the extra oil on top out. It does make it a little dry towards the bottom of the container but you are then consuming less fat and calories. Also, cacao nibs, raisins, other nuts, etc can be added or substituted in here for great alternatives.

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350°. Combine ingredients in a large bowl. Pour mixture into a greased 7x9 or 8x8 pan (I used coconut oil to grease the pan). Then bake for around 30 minutes or until the oats are browned on top. Take out and let cool. Then put in the fridge for about 30 minutes to harden or longer to store.

This recipe was adapted from my good friends blog: this so called life