Fitness Crazed Foodie
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I've probably tried every granola bar, fiber bar, protein bar, etc that are out in stores, but I have never made them myself. Granola bars are a great snack, especially if they are filled with some protein to actually fill you up. I began looking up recipes on Pinterest to get ideas for how I wanted to make my own. I knew that peanut butter and dried fruit were two ingredients I wanted in my bars, but besides that I needed some inspiration. Based on recipes from Pinterest and what I've had in my favorite bars, I came up with my own recipe for what I call "You're Driving Me Nuts Bars". I came up with this name because I was making these bars with my mom and we wanted to come up with a name that describes something about our relationship. And since the bar has nuts and peanut butter in it, I decided to put a little funny pun into the title!
1/2 cup unsalted almonds
2/3 cup unsalted cashews
1 1/2 cups 100% natural whole grain Quaker Oats
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup low-sugar Craisins
1/3 cup flax seed meal
1/3 cup light Agave Nectar
1 cup almond butter
Makes 20 servings/bars. About 190 calories each.
All you do is mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and spread it along a baking pan. I used a 13'' x 9'' pan to create medium thickness bars. As you can see from the picture, I put parchment paper down in between the bars and the pan just so I didn't have a problem with it sticking to the pan.
I put the pan in the refrigerator for an hour and once everything felt set, I cut them into 20 bars. You can cut smaller or larger bars, but I calculated the calories with the bars cut into 20 servings.
I had a little problem with the bars falling apart, so I might make a few changes the next time I try to make them. One idea to change to recipe is to add some chocolate to it. The bars would hold together a lot better with a thin layer of dark chocolate on the bottom. I think each bar would be perfect with just a half of tablespoon of melted dark chocolate chips added to the bottom, and this would only add about 35 calories per bar, and it would satisfy a chocolate craving you might have!
You can also substitute out the type of nuts I used with any of your favorite nuts. I was thinking of using pistachios or macadamias for the next homemade bars I try! I also want to try to add protein powder to the next batch. These bars are already pretty healthy, but adding protein would give an extra nutritional benefit and would help fill you up with eating less. Another idea I had is to bake them in the oven for 10-15 minutes to make it crunchier and break it up into pieces to put in greek yogurt as a topping!
It was really fun to come up with my own creation and I'm excited to keep tweaking the recipe to find the perfect granola bar recipe. Let me know if you have any other healthy and yummy ingredients you would add!
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