I LOVE granola bars. They usually combine a few of my favorite things: sugar, oats, sometimes chocolate, and fruit.
Since so many processed foods, including granola bars, also have a lot of other junk in them as well I've been buying Lara bars and Odwalla bars. Both of these bars and super tasty but also a bit pricey. My simple solution is making my own granola bars, well I was inspired by the fit foodie finds blog and a recipe I found on the whole foods website for granola/power balls. (the funny name helped too)
This week I made a small batch and here's the recipe that I used:
1/4 cup of almond butter (chunky)
1/8 cup honey
1 cup oats
1/8 cup coconut (shaved)
hand full of pecans
palm full of dark chocolate chunks (I know, my measuring is really precise)
Combine honey and almond butter in a sauce pan over medium heat until almond butter is melted with honey, remove from heat
Mix in oats and all the other goodies
you can mix the chocolate in here or you can wait for it to cool a bit depending on if you want it in chunks or mixed throughout. I chose to have melted chocolate.
Roll the mixture into about 1 inch balls (sort of like you do for peanut butter or snickerdoodle cookies) and let them cool on wax paper.
|My creation from this week, tastes very much like chocolate odwalla bars!|
Give them a try! Add whatever dried fruit or nuts you like to the mixture to create a custom snack.