This recipe comes to us from my sweet Mom-in-law. It is perfectly healthy and outrageously good. Packed full with all sorts of rich nuts, seeds, toasted oats, dried fruit, and the best part? PEANUT BUTTER! It has a strong peanut butter flavor so if you’re not a fan, back off, and let me enjoy these! =)
We love homemade granola bars and I’ve tried so many healthy recipes but most of them just crumble. So then I go back to adding a bag of marshmallows…..and then I try more healthy recipes…..and the cycle continues. So I was pleasantly surprised when I had these the other week at my in-laws and discovered they are in fact healthy, but still perfectly held their shape.
If you know me at all, you know I’m a lover of all things peanut butter and these fit the bill. I love the crunch that the nuts and seeds give them…making for a very hearty bar.
I wrapped these individually making them super handy for Stan’s lunch box or for this pregnant woman to grab on the run! =) I’ve been trying to eat a little more healthy this pregnancy. I still don’t love salads and all the green things in life but I’ve been indulging in fruits and other healthy things like this.
Speaking of the baby, tomorrow is the scheduled follow-up ultrasound. I feel at peace but will be so glad to hear again that everything is okay. Stan is coming with me this time so that’ll be so nice. I’ve struggled off and on the last month with fear but I know we have a heavenly Father that cares for us so much and will be with us no matter what the outcome is. I’ve learned a lot about prayer in the last few weeks. It feels like I’m in a school of learning right now. Trust. Resting. Prayer. Faith.
But I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love to see God working in my heart and don’t want my life to be stagnant.
If you’re like me, I didn’t have a lot of these ingredients on hand but I shopped at Costco and found everything I needed.
I will bid you goodbye and go grab my mid-morning snack. Blessings to you today!
Healthy, Nutty Granola Bars
- 3 1/4 cups rolled oats (toasted)
- 1 1/2 cups cashews or whole almonds (coarsely chopped)
- 2/3 cup ground flaxseed
- 1/2 cup raw hemp seeds
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 2/3 cup dried cherries or cranberries
- 2/3 cup dates, pitted and chopped
- 2 cups peanut butter
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips (opt.)
- Preheat oven to 350º. Spread oats and chopped nuts on cookie sheet. Toast in oven until lightly golden. Remove and place in large mixing bowl.
- Add: ground flaxseed, hemp seeds, chia seeds, and dried cherries.
- Pit dates and chop into small pieces. Roll pieces in flour to prevent sticking together. Add to mixing bowl.
- In small saucepan, heat peanut butter, honey, maple syrup, and salt. Stir until melted. Add vanilla. Pour over oat mixture. Mix with spatula until evenly coated with wet ingredients.
- Line 9×13 baking pan with parchment paper. Press granola mixture into pan. Freeze for at least 45 minutes or until completely cooled.
- Melt chocolate (with a little coconut oil) in small bowl and drizzle over bars cooled, cut bars. Refrigerate until chocolate is hardened. Wrap individually or store in airtight container.