Let me just warn you, this stuff is dangerous. And no, I didn’t accidentally type ‘k’ instead of ‘s.’ It’s granola bark. 🙂
My love for making homemade granola (a few examples here, here, and here) has recently transitioned into making my own granola bars from scratch. Last weekend when I made a batch, I realized that if you just break up the granola bars into random pieces with your hands rather than cutting them with a knife, you end up with an awesome snack… /breakfast/lunch/dinner/dessert accompaniment.
I have been snacking on this stuff nonstop — and while it’s fairly dense, it’s actually quite nutritious as well (just scan through the ingredients!). This particular batch has raisins and dark chocolate mixed in. But you can totally mix it up… in fact, I just purchased some awesome trail mix a few days ago, so (if I can keep myself from eating it by the handful) that’s definitely going into my next batch. 🙂
Oh, and bonus points to any of you who opt to drizzle your granola bark with melted chocolate. I’m regretting my decision not to!
Healthy and wholesome homemade granola bars broken into fun-sized pieces. You can easily make the “bark” your own by mixing up the add-ins (instead of the raisins and chocolate called for in this recipe). Also, this recipe can easily be made gluten free (just make sure your oats, cereal, mix-ins, etc. are gluten free).
Makes a varied amount of pieces (depending on size)
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
- 1 1/4 cup quick cooking oats
- 1/2 cup crispy rice cereal
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
- 1 tablespoon chia seed
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3/4 teaspoon stevia powder (or 1 tablespoon granulated sugar)
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 3 tablespoons honey
Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 8- or 9-inch square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray, then line with parchment paper (the cooking spray will help the paper stick to the pan).
In a large mixing bowl, stir the oats, cereal, flax, chia, salt, cinnamon, stevia, raisins, and chocolate.
In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine the peanut butter, coconut oil, and honey. Microwave on high about 15 to 20 seconds, or just long enough so that you can easily stir the mixture until smooth. Once stirred, pour the mixture over the bowl of oats, and mix until combined.
Spread the mixture into the prepared baking pan, packing it down tightly (use your hands if necessary). Bake the bars 18 to 20 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown. Allow the bars to cool completely. For granola “bark” break the cooled bars into pieces of desired size. Store in an airtight container for about a week.[/print_this]