These bars taste just as delicious as the granola bars you buy in the store (if not better!), and you don’t have to worry about high sugar content or any weird scientifically manufactured ingredients. Plus, they are deliciously versatile: you can tailor them to suit your taste and nutritional needs. Use any combination of nuts and seeds, and feel free to substitute dried apricots for a fruit of your choice. Try dried cranberries for a tangy punch of flavor, or add almonds to get your daily dose of fiber. These bars are sure to please even the pickiest eaters!
- 2 cups oatmeal
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1¼ cup of your favorite nuts and seeds (We used ½ cup sunflower seeds, ¼ cup chia seeds, ¼ cup chopped almonds, and ¼ cup chopped cashews)
- ½ cup chopped dried fruits (We used apricots)
- ½ cup maple syrup
- ½ cup peanut butter
- ½ cup coconut or olive oil
- 2 Tbsp dark brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Preheat the oven to 350°. Thinly spread the oatmeal and quinoa on a baking sheet, and toast them in the preheated oven for 5-7 minutes.
- Mix the seeds, nuts, and fruit in a bowl, and add the toasted oats and quinoa.
- Combine the maple syrup, peanut butter, oil, sugar, and vanilla in a saucepan or skillet and heat, stirring until it’s combined. Pour this mixture over the dry ingredients and stir, making sure everything is coated.
- Line a 9×13 pan with parchment paper and pour in the mixture. Use the back of a spoon to firmly press the bars down.
- Cook the health nut bars for 25 minutes, until they look toasty brown. Remove from heat and let cool. When bars are room temperature, put the whole pan in the fridge. After it cools, cut into bars and serve or store in the fridge for a midnight snack!