If I can take any kind of shortcut with cooking, I will find it! So when I say these bars are quick and easy, you can trust they are. This recipe has four ingredients and needs only a saucepan and baking dish. Goes into the oven for about 20 minutes. I eat a packaged granola bar every day because it's convenient and satisfying, so I loved this homemade version from Diary of a Fit Mommy. She used three ingredients that most people already have in their kitchens. I only changed it by adding one more ingredient of a chia/flaxseed blend sprinkled on top of the bars before baking.
Easy Granola Bars
3/4 cup honey
1 cup peanut or almond butter (or sunflower seed butter if nut allergies)
3 cups old fashioned oats
Chia, ground flaxseeds
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- On low heat, add peanut butter and honey into a medium saucepan and stir until melted. Remove from heat.
- Pour oats into the mixture and stir well until combined.
- Pour batter into a 9-inch baking pan. Sprinkle the seeds evenly over the top. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until top is firm to touch.
- Cool well before cutting into squares.
The one downside with these bars is that they're crumbly. When trying to cut them into squares, some fell apart. So I saved the crumbles in a Tupperware and have been sprinkling them into my Greek yogurt and oatmeal...or just eating a spoonful when I need a quick pick-me-up!