Homemade granola bars

Does anyone else go through snacks like our family does?
It feels like all I hear is “Mummy Nack Nack.” I’ve tried looking into healthy snack ideas and filling him up on fruit and veg but sometimes not only him but I want something a little different. This is where I bought some of the Nature Valley Granola Bars. They are possibly one of my favourite snacks but a pricey one at that. Regularly costing anywhere between £2-£4 for a box of five bars. Where this is usually expected with branded bars I love coming up with my own alternatives.

So todays adventure was make our own granola bars. This turned out to be a pretty simple thing and you can mix and match different ingredients to the different flavours your after. I hadn’t been shopping so could only use what was in the house at the time.

Granola Bar Recipe

250g Porridge Oats
2tbsp of oil- can be any type olive, coconut etc
2tbsp Brown Sugar
2tbsp Maple Syrup
1/4 cup of Honey
1tsp Vanilla
1tsp Cinnamon (optional)
1-1&1/2 cups of dried fruit (This is where you could use peanuts, choc chips etc)
Chocolate if desired for drizzling.

  • Firstly toast your oats. I place them on their own in a pan on a medium heat for about 5 minutes. Just until you could start smelling a popcorn/toastie smell.
  • Line your dish with tin foil or parchment paper, I used Tin foil as I find it easier to work with when it comes to refrigerating things.
  • In a saucepan heat the oil and add your sugar, Maple Syrup, Honey, Vanilla, and cinnamon.
  • Simmer together until the sugar has completely dissolved.
  • Then mix in with your oats the dried fruit or whatever you’ve chosen to add if anything then add the syrup mix.
  • Mix well together so the syrup has covered all the oats and fruit just as you would flapjack.
  • Place on the foil and push in to the dish. I used another layer of tin foil to push it down in to the dish.
    You can either leave overnight in the fridge to harden or place in the freezer for an hour.
  • Once it has set you drizzle with chocolate and cut in to chunks/bars

Its that easy! this made us a good 30 bars! and cost less than half the price of a box of Nature Valley bars. This is something I will definitely be using in future. Its so quick and easy and you can make so many different variations.

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Enjoy

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