After reading the label on store bought granola bars, I decided to make my own Low Sugar and Homemade Granola Bars
It is surprising to many that there are a lot of granola bar recipes out these contain added sugar.
Low Sugar and Homemade Granola Bars
There is so much for us to enjoy in a granola bar. I know of someone who says that granola bars are actually the healthiest candy bar ever made. That is an interesting observation if you were to ask me.
I love that just about everything that I put into a granola bar has some kind of benefit to the body.
Granola bars contain nuts, fruits, and other fine ingredients. However, many recipes for granola bars have added sugar.
I am not sure why there needs to be a lot of sugar added to a granola bar to make it taste good.
Granola bars are a perfect on-the-go kind of a treat.
When I pack granola bars in a lunch box for school or work it is always intact and delicious for eating. Also, when we pack granola bars in a backpack for camping or hiking it never seems to melt on us. Hence, granola bars can stand up to different kinds of circumstances.
What goes into a granola bar anyway?
The average granola bar has about four of the same kinds of ingredients. This could be why it seems to me that different bars always seem to resemble one another. However, most granola bars are known for their oats, nuts, fruits, and then something that binds them all together. However, it is the nuts, fruit, and binding ingredients which seem to vary among one another.
We personalize granola bars with the ingredients that we put into them.
This is true for the added sugar that we see added. We know that sugar is a good way to sell something, which could be why so many store bought bars have it added. However, I have found that I can make a good granola bar without the added sugar.
The ingredients that I add to granola bars
Instead of using sugar, like to use honey to bind my ingredients together.
This is because honey is a naturally sweetened and also binds. The experts tell us that there are some healthy benefits to adding honey to our diets. Agave is another viable alternative as well.
To sweeten my granola bars I also like to add a bit of coconut palm sugar.
I use this instead of brown sugar. Coconut palm sugar has less of an impact on blood sugar. Some folks can be sensitive to this and if you are one of those people, by all means, skip it or use something else instead. You can easily find coconut palm sugar on Amazon.
Granola bars are the perfect snack or meal on the go for about anyone.
In my family, we pack them in lunchboxes, keep them in our desks, and bring them along with us when we are heading on the road. I like to bring granola bars with me when I travel. You never know when you may be stranded somewhere and looking for something healthy to snack on.
The recipe for Low Sugar and Homemade Granola Bars
- Old fashion rolled oats- 2 cups
- Nuts- 1 1/2 cups total. You can use, for example any or a combination of the following: peanuts, sunflower seeds,or almonds.
- Wheat germ (can use flax seed instead) 1/2 cup
- Honey- 1/2 cup (can use one of the alternatives stated above)
- Brown sugar alternative, such as coconut palm sugar, 1/4 cup
- Butter or alternative such as coconut oil- 3 tablespoons plus additional for pan.
- Vanilla extract- 2 teaspoons
- Salt 1/4 tsp- can omit if using salted nuts
- Dried fruit- such as raisins or dried berries- 2/3 cup
How to make homemade granola bars.
- Pre-treat a jelly roll pan or glass baking dish for nonstick using butter. Preheat your oven to 300.
- Place your nuts, oats, and wheat germ on a separate sheet pan in the oven to toast for 10-12 minutes, be sure to stir as needed keeping the ingredients flat on the pan.
- While toasting your items in the oven, over medium heat in a medium saucepan, melt your butter, Add your honey, brown sugar,vanilla, and salt and continue to cook,stirring as you go, until all of the items have blended together. Remove from stove.
- Remove the nuts and other items from the oven,if you have not already done so, and stir this mixture into your items that were on the stove.
- Stir in your dried fruit.
- Press the mixture into your pre-treated pan from the first step, spreading the mixture evenly.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes and remove before it turns brown.
- Remove from oven, allow to cool and then cut into bars.