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Easy Chewy Granola Bar Recipe

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.

Easy Chewy Granola Bar Recipe

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.

Easy Chewy Granola Bar Recipe
Serves 12
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?!
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Prep Time
30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups rolled oats
  2. 1 cup shredded apple (or half cup of apple sauce)
  3. 1/4 cup peanut butter
  4. 2 tablespoons honey
  5. 2 eggs
  6. 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  7. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
  8. 1/2 cup chopped almonds
  9. 1/4 cup raisins
  10. * 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.
Instructions
  1. 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. 2. The mixture should be sticky and not runny. If it seems too watery add some more rolled oats to thicken the mixture.
  3. 3. Line a 9X9 pan with tin foil and grease the pan with Coconut Oil or butter.
  4. 4. Pour the mixture into the pan and press down evenly.
  5. 5. Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.
  6. 6. Let stand to cool and then flip it over onto a cutting board and gently pull the foil off.
  7. 7. Cut into desired sizes. It makes 12-15 when I cut them into normal granola bar sizes.
Notes
  1. 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.
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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?!

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5 Responses to Easy Chewy Granola Bar Recipe

  1. Riann at #

    I’m going to have to try making these someday. Thanks for sharing! They look delicious!

    • Vanessa Law at #

      Thanks Riann, let me know how it goes!

  2. Thanks for sharing your recipe. I cannot believe how much sugar are in our products. I’m definitely pinning and will try.

    Leigh
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    • Vanessa Law at #

      Thanks Leigh, it is pretty crazy. Let me know how you like them 🙂

  3. Awesome recipe! I’ll make it this weekend according to your recipe!

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