Semi-Homemade Granola Bars
These puppies are easy to make and will last you a few days to a week, depending on your snack schedule. They also make great breakfast as well! Heat ’em up, add a dollop of Greek yogurt and a cup of tea or coffee and you’ve got a great start to your day!
1 box of granola (I like Cascadian Farms Oats and Honey Granola)
½ cup sliced almonds (unsalted) – about 10 grams protein
½ cup sliced cashews (roasted and unsalted) – about 10 grams of protein
½ cup dark chocolate morsels
½ cup pitted dates, finely chopped
½ cup unsalted pumpkin seeds – 6 grams of protein
4 tablespoons unsalted organic butter
1 ½ tablespoons vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
½ cup honey
Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F.
Butter a baking dish (ideally 8″ x 12″) and then line the bottom with parchment paper–all to avoid sticking!*
Pour all the granola into a bowl and add the chocolate, nuts, dates, and pumpkin seeds. Toss together well.
In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the butter, salt, vanilla, and honey. The mixture will boil. That’s ok. Cook it for a minute and stir well. Then remove from heat and pour onto the granola mixture. Stir together well.
Add the granola mix to the prepared baking dish, packing it in tightly and smoothing the top. The easiest way to do this is is to use a plastic spatula or even with your hands but be sure to wet your fingers first.
Bake for about 30 minutes, give or take 5 minutes or so. Be sure to keep an eye on the granola. You want it golden brown but not burned.
Let the granola cool fully before cutting into desired shape (squares or bars). Enjoy at room temperature!** And happy snacking.
*An easy way to butter the dish is to dab a clean paper towel in room-temp butter and then rub the greasy paper towel all over every inch of the baking dish.
**As aforementioned, you can microwave a bit and enjoy warm for breakfast!