Chock-full of oats, seeds, nuts, and fruit, chewy granola bars make an ideal breakfast, midday snack, or fuel for your next outdoor activity. Our favorite recipe happens to come from First Lady Michelle Obama and the White House kitchens; it's sweetened with honey and maple syrup for a sweet yet wholesome finish. The recipe's basic — it's as easy as heating, mixing, and cutting — but we'll offer tips for toasting seeds, heating the sugar, and cutting the bars. An added bonus: your house will be infused with the scent of warm spices.
Throughout middle and high school, I practically subsisted on Nature Valley's crisp and crunchy Oats 'n Honey granola bars. To this day, a mere glimpse of the bold green wrapper gets my stomach grumbling. So when I stumbled upon a recipe hack for the snacktime staple, I knew I had to try it for myself.
My first attempt turned out a batch that, while enticing, wasn't quite right; my roommates happily scarfed them down, but to my nostalgic palate, they were slightly too soft, not quite salty enough, and tasted a little raw. Thankfully, with a few tweaks — notably, toasting the oats and swapping out half the honey for brown sugar for a deeper flavor and a crisper, toastier texture — they're everything my teenage self could've wished for. Even better, they're slightly less sweet, leaving my slightly more sophisticated mid-20s persona pleased as punch as well.
Save yourself a few extra dollars by making your own energy bars at home. Veronica Bosgraaf, founder of wildly popular Pure Bar, shared this easy recipe for her dessert-like fruit and nut bars. Packed with protein, fiber, and antioxidants, these bars are a great way to satisfy a sweet tooth — minus the guilt! Best of all, they're vegan, gluten-free, and require absolutely no cooking.
Often the hardest part of dieting is snack time, when those crunchy, salty Cheez-Its prove too addicting to say no. Well, it's time to quell those fears with these healthy granola bar recipes — that don't taste like cardboard! — to help you stay on track. From flax seeds to almonds, coconut shavings to dried fruit, these bars have what it takes to keep you happy, full, and on your way to a better you!
Maybe it's due to the fact that I grew up overdosing on them, but as an adult, I've never been much of a granola bar fan. That is, until I made these granola bars.
I don't know how else to explain this discrepancy, except to say that homemade granola bars, not unlike homemade granola, taste utterly different from the conventional kind. Unlike the store-bought variety, these bars are pliable on the tooth, imbued with Indian spices like cardamom and cinnamon, and filled to the gills with nothing but toasted oats, seeds, and dried fruit.
This recipe, which comes courtesy of Michelle Obama and the White House kitchen, is simple enough. Still, it takes some finesse to nail down the last cutting bit without making a huge mess. The key, I discovered, is to let them cool completely (this takes hours), then cut them using a serrated knife that's dipped in hot water in between slicings. But the end result, I promise, is completely worth the effort. Keep reading to get the granola bar recipe.
I've reached for a granola snack many times, when I'm too busy to prepare a meal or just need something to fill me up. Granola bars are a good option, since they're a good source of whole grains, protein, and fiber. But since granola can be high in fat and sugar, the calories can add up if you're not sure what's in your go-to bar. Want to know how your favorite granola bar stacks up nutritionally? Find the breakdown for the most popular granola bars after the break.
I love baking, but too many cookies are bad for the chef. I was happy to find this recipe in the Power Foods cookbook, which is more like a chewy granola bar in a cookie shape than an actual cookie. The recipe features my new favorite grain quinoa along with oats, pistachios, sunflower seeds, and dried apricots. It's the perfect treat after a run.
Ready to get baking? Here's the recipe.
This weekend, why not celebrate Earth Day by doing something good for your community? I'm heading to the beach for a local cleanup organized by a friend, and I plan on surprising the other volunteers with a picnic lunch. Hearty turkey sandwiches and healthy asparagus and mushroom salad are on the menu. To keep up with the figure-friendly theme, I"ll offer homemade chocolate chip granola bars for dessert. They're low in fat, but thanks to honey and vanilla extract, high in flavor. The addition of chocolate chips makes them just a little decadent. These bars are great for any picnic or school lunch, so check out the recipe now.
My son and I were running late and rather than have him be tardy for preschool, I gave him an organic yogurt smoothie and children's breakfast bar to eat en route. As we walked to school, a fellow mom joined us for the last few blocks. When I told her we were having a crazy morning and had resorted to a quick meal, she scolded me saying that granola bars should be treated as snacks rather than meals and said they were the equivalent to candy bars. Dumbfounded by her mini-tirade, I shuttled my son to class without responding. Is it so bad to give a yogurt smoothie and granola bar for breakfast?
– Meal-on-the-Go Mom
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