Each week, Jeff and I go through at least one box of granola bars for snacks. I eat breakfast (to-go smoothies) on my way to work at about 6:45 and since my lunch isn’t until 1:15, I need something to keep me going in between.
I try to only eat packaged foods when I have no other option i.e. at work, but Jeff tends to use them as snacks even when he has other options at home simply for the convenience. And since granola bars aren’t the most cost friendly thing in the world, I decided a few weekends ago that it was time to make my own.
For some reason, granola bars seemed like a difficult task to conquer, especially since it seemed like you had to buy sooo many ingredients in order to make it work. However, for some reason, purchasing some local honey was the kick in the butt I needed to try it out.
And once I decided to try to make the bars, I realized I could just head to the local natural foods store and shop the bulk food section…and suddenly the task seemed a whole lot easier. 17 cents for coconut shavings? I’ll take it!
Overall, this recipe makes almost a dozen granola bars and lasted us about a week and a half. I had hoped they’d last a bit longer than that, but I guess that means they were good, right? The only thing I wasn’t totally thrilled with was the stick and a half of butter that went into the bars and hopefully next time, I’ll find a better solution–any suggestions?
No Bake Peanut Raisin Granola Bars
Makes about 1 dozen
2 cups oats
1 cup 7 grain oat mix (or substitute with one more cup of regular oats)
2 cups unsalted peanuts
2 tablespoons shredded coconut
1.5 cups raisins
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
1.5 sticks butter
1.5 teaspoons vanilla
Spray two 8×8 baking dishes with cooking spray and line with aluminum foil.
Combine oats, 7 grain mix, and peanuts in a food processor. Pulse until the peanuts are slightly chopped.
Pour the oat and peanut mixture in a large bowl. Mix in coconut, raisins, and flaxseeds and set aside.
In a small sauce pan, bring honey, butter, and vanilla to a rapid boil. Stir in brown sugar and reduce to a simmer, continuing to cook until the mixture thickens, about 5 minutes.
Slowly pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and using a spatula, mix until completely combined.
Pour granola bar mixture into the baking dishes, pressing down with the spatula until even.
Place granola bars in the fridge until hard, about 1 hour. Carefully take out the aluminum foil from the dishes and turn over onto a cutting board.
Cut into even portions and store in a sealed container.
Time: 80 minutes