Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Granola Bars


If you've ever taken a close look at the ingredients on a box of granola bars, you might be surprised to see how many ingredients are in them. And WHAT they are. It's not always "you get what you see".

Even if the box has a picture of a mountain, the word "nature" or "wholesome" on it. (Tricky, tricky, tricky... )

Sometimes you might not even notice this until you've gotten home.

And the kids have already eaten half the box.

Please tell me I'm not the only one who has experienced this.

Recently, my girls had been begging for a certain kind of granola bar that their friends at school have in their lunches. In a moment of weakness (or really just a second of thinking, why not?) I bought them. I was rewarded with effusive thanks and lots of smiles.

Maybe I am a cool mom???

A few days later I thought I'd try one. As I crunched I took a look at the box.

Ugh.

A lot more sugar than I expected. 9 ingredients, including what I deduced was GMO soybean oil.

Double ugh.

Now I remembered "why not". Clearly, these would not be a repeat purchase.

I had to find a suitable substitute. Stat.

Turns out I could just make my own. Inexpensive, easy and what you see is EXACTLY what you get.

These granola bars are braces-friendly, gluten-free (if you use gluten-free oats) and they can be nut free, if you use sunflower seed butter.

The kids like them made with peanut butter. I like them made with almond butter.

Maybe that cool mom status is still within reach after all...

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Makes 12

¾ cup maple syrup

¾ cup nut butter of your choice

3 cups rolled oats

¾ cup flax meal

1/2 tsp sea salt

½ cup chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

Line a 9x13” pan with parchment paper. Set aside.

In a saucepan, heat the maple syrup and nut butter over medium heat. Whisk until smooth and then turn off the burner.

In a mixing bowl, combine the oats, flax meal and salt. Pour the warm maple syrup and nut butter mixture over top and use a spatula to mix everything together evenly.

Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the mixture and mix again with the spatula and then scrape everything into the 9x13” pan. Use the spatula to spread the mixture as evenly as possible, up to the edges to get the most uniform granola bars as possible.

Bake in the oven for 25 minutes and allow to cool completely on a wire cooling rack before lifting the one big granola bar out of the pan with the parchment paper and cutting it into 12 bars.

Store in an air tight container in the fridge, or on the counter, if they will be consumed within a couple days.


Hi there! 
I’m Jennifer Haubrich, wife, mother, certified natural food chef & health coach (AADP).

 

I help smart families re-chart their path to create a delicious, healthy lifestyle by including more plant-based foods in their diet.

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