Chewy, No Bake Homemade Granola Bars

Even though granola and pre-packaged granola bars taste yummy, these products commonly make the list of secretly unhealthy foods for good reason.


The problem with most granola and granola bars today is that they are not made with healthy, whole-food ingredients. They are often loaded with refined sugars, unhealthy fats and low in fiber.


This recipe skips the refined sugars and gets its sweetness from raw, organic honey and dark chocolate chips. These bars wouldn’t be the same if they were totally unsweetened plus the honey helps to bind the ingredients together. And, instead of hydrogenated oils, these homemade granola bars contain blood sugar-balancing good fat from ingredients like almond butter and coconut.


Add the ingredients to your grocery list this week, or maybe you already have all of these ingredients in your house and can make them today! Let me know what you think!


This will take approximately 10 minutes to pull together and mix, and an hour to get cool. (Serves about 12)


Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup raw, organic honey

  • 3/4 cup almond butter or other nut butter of your liking

  • 2 1/2 cups gluten free rolled oats

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder or flavor you like (could even be plain) or you could even use Bub's plain collagen to add protein to your bar

  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (mini)


Directions:

  1. Melt honey and nut butter in a saucepan on low heat.

  2. In a bowl, mix dry ingredients, oats, shredded coconut, protein powder, salt and chocolate chips.

  3. Add honey and nut mixture to the dry mixture.

  4. Stir and press into a baking dish to the thickness of your liking (9x9 works well, but whatever you have will work).

  5. Cover and refrigerate until firm (about 1 hour)

  6. Cut into bars and enjoy! (serves about 12)