It’s taken me a good while and several tries to come up with a granola bar recipe that is full of good stuff, stays chewy, and is quick and easy to throw together. Here it is. These are super popular with the kiddos, my active lady friends, and the backcountry boys alike. This is a dependable, fool proof recipe, that turns out well every time. Feel free to experiment and add your own flare!
Note: if your kids can’t bring nuts to school, simply swap out the almond butter for sunflower seed butter, pumpkin seed butter, or tahini!
Easy Chewy Granola Bars
1/2 cup almond butter
1/2 cup honey
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
Good pinch of salt (1/4 tsp)
2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
1/8 cup coconut sugar
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
2 cups oats
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup good quality (high cacao content) chocolate chips
1/4 cup water
Preheat oven to 350F and line an 8 x 8 pan with parchment.
Combine almond butter and honey in a small saucepan over low heat until just melted. Remove from heat and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Add in all remaining ingredients, stirring until well-combined (I will often use my hands for this). If the mixture seems dry, add a few Tbsps of water at a time until desired consistency is reached.
Pour mixture into your lined baking pan and press down with wet hands until evenly distributed. Bake for 30-45 minutes until edges are slightly browned. Cool completely and cut into squares (I like to pop it into the freezer for 10 minutes before cutting). Will keep refrigerated for up to a month.