Raising Healthy Kids Month 2012: Organic & Whole Living Recipe: Chewy Granola Bars
After all of the GMO talk lately, I'm tired of packaged products. I'm tired of having to read every single label, every single ingredient and even then, I have to look up ingredients and research said company just to prove to myself the ingredients are safe for consumption. So this past weekend I was inspired to make-from scratch, some yummy snacks for my kiddos and hubbs.
I've created two Chewy Granola Recipes that I think you'll love, and if you don't they are super easy to change to your taste.
This is what I call the base of the chewy granola recipe. The best part? No corn syrup of any kind and no questionable ingredients!
What You'll Need:
1/2 cup of nut butter, peanut, almond, sunflower seed etc.
1/3 cup of honey (I use a little less if I'm adding sweet "mix-ins"
1/4 of Coconut Oil, this time I used Artisana (thanks to Artisana for providing the Coconut Oil)
Base Directions: Mix all of your base ingredients in a large pot and bring to a simmer from med-low to med. Watch so that you don't really cook the ingredients, you're just wanting everything to melt and to combine really well.
Next you'll want your "mix-ins"
1 full cup of any of these mix-in combination; almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumkin seeds, hemp seeds (great for extra protein), chia seeds, ground flax seeds, dried fruit, dark chocolate bits etc.
1 Heaping Cup of Oats.
Almond & Raisin Chewy Granola Bars (Our family's favorite)
For my 1st recipe I used the following;
1/4 cup raisins,
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1T ground golden flax seeds
1-2 T dark chocolate bits
1 heaping cup of oats.
Simply pour your melted mixture over your oats and mix-ins and stir to combine. Press firmly into an 8x8" pan. Let cool for a few hours or until "chewy set".
These aren't going to harden up like a normal granola would, that's why they are chewy bars!
Cut into squares and wrap for easy snacking on the go later!
Walnut & Cranberry Extra Protein Chewy Granola Bars
For this recipe you'll need;
1 cup of oats (not heaping, this recipe is a little dryer than the other one above)
1/2 Cup chopped walnuts
1/4 Cup chopped dried cranberries
1 T chia seeds
1 T golden flax seen meal
2T of hemp seeds
Simply pour your melted mixture over your oats and mix-ins and stir to combine. Press firmly into an 8x8" pan. Let cool for a few hours or until "chewy set". Cut into easy to grab and go servings!
I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as our family has.
What kind of "mix-ins" do you like to add to your granola?
Artisana Review: We created this recipe usuing Artisana Coconut Oil. I can truly say that I absolutely love this product. I love the fact that it is Organic & Raw. We often use the coconut oil in its raw state in our smoothies as well. "
"Artisana Organic Raw Coconut oil is non-hydrogenated, cholesterol-free and comprised of medium-chain fatty acids which are broken efficiently by the body, providing an immediate source of energy.When cooking or baking, use as a substitute for butter or margarine."
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