Big and I are on our way to eating cleaner. We want to incorporate more real/whole food in our diets. We have always eaten pretty clean, but after researching this area a little more, I realized there was more we could do. I am not going to say this recipe is 100% clean eating – I am not so sure about the peanuts and cashews. What I do know is these are better than store bought bars.
Welcome back to the Fill The Cookie Jar event. A wonderful group of bloggers and I share fantastic cookie recipes each month. Most months we have a theme. This month we decided to do what ever we wanted. That is a theme, isn’t it?
These nutty good granola bars are pretty darn yummy! The remind me of a healthy pay day candy bar. nutty and a bit chewy and sweet.
The sweetener used in these granola bars is honey. We had just picked some up from one of the local farmers markets. I love shopping local and supporting local vendors. Plus, local honey can help with your allergies – did you know that?
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/3 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups oats
- 1/2 cup cashews
- 1/2 cup peanuts
- Preheat oven to 300 F
- Line an 8 x 8 pan with parchment paper, making sure the parchment paper hangs over the sides. This will help ease the process of getting the granola bars out of the pan.
- In a microwave safe bowl, add honey, coconut oil and peanut butter. Microwave for about 30 seconds. You want your mixture to be runny and the coconut oil and peanut butter are completely melted. Add vanilla and stir.
- In another bowl, mix the oats, peanuts and cashews.
- Pour the peanut butter mixture over the oats. Mix until everything is combined and the oats and nuts are completely coated with honey and peanut butter mixture.
- Pour mixture into prepared pan and press down. I dampen my fingers and press. You could use the back of a metal spoon.
- Bake in the oven for 20 -25 minutes until lightly brown.
- Once you take the bars out of the oven, press down with the back of a spoon (don't use your fingers this time!) You want to make sure the oats are pressed firmly together. Let the bars cool slightly and carefully take out bars by grabbing onto the parchment paper. I cut my bars into 8 longer slices. You can cut them smaller if you want.
- Let bars cool completely and harden at room temperature.
- Store bars in an air tight container in the refrigerator.
I am loving these nutty good granola bars and so is Big. The next time I make them, and I know there will be a next time, I will use organic peanut butter.
I think these nutty good granola bars will be great for road trips, school lunch boxes and those times when you need a little something sweet.
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