During my 30 Day Sugar Free Challenge I decided to also cut added sugar from the snacks my children were eating. I was shocked by how much sugar was in all the organic “healthy” snacks they were eating. Since I started Clean Eating four years ago I have wanted to make my own granola bars but I always felt like it was too overwhelming. This sugar challenge really pushed me to find different alternatives to the Clif Kid ZBars and Cascadian Farm granola bars I have been buying for years. So, I decided to move to homemade whole food snacks and my first recipe to tackle was our granola bars.
I was shocked when I couldn’t find many granola bar recipes that didn’t include tons of brown or white sugar, so I took a few different recipes and made a few different batches until I found a granola bar that both my children liked! The recipe is chewy and soft, not hard and crunchy.
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup shredded apple (or half cup of apple sauce)
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
- 1/2 cup chopped almonds
- 1/4 cup raisins
- * I also added 1/4 cup of Chia seeds but my son didn’t like them as much as when I made it without them.
- 1. In a large bowl add all ingredients: 2 cups rolled oats, shredded apple, 1/4 cup peanut butter, 2 tbs honey, 2 eggs (beaten), 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 tbs cinnamon, 1/2 cup chopped almonds, and 1/4 cup raisins.
- 2. The mixture should be sticky and not runny. If it seems too watery add some more rolled oats to thicken the mixture.
- 3. Line a 9X9 pan with tin foil and grease the pan with Coconut Oil or butter.
- 4. Pour the mixture into the pan and press down evenly.
- 5. Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.
- 6. Let stand to cool and then flip it over onto a cutting board and gently pull the foil off.
- 7. Cut into desired sizes. It makes 12-15 when I cut them into normal granola bar sizes.
- I refrigerate the granola bars so we can keep them fresh all week but they keep well when we grab them in the morning for a snack that afternoon.
It takes me about 30 minutes to make these granola bars and the kids love to help. I have to say that I am not one that usually makes things from scratch, but this recipe is so easy and doesn’t include a ton of sugar or ingredients I can’t pronounce! Plus, it saves us money… Who knew eating healthier would save us money?!