Puffed Oats and Honey Granola Bars

Puffed Oats and Honey Granola Bars are a delightful, nutritious snack perfect for breakfast on-the-go, a midday energy boost, or a wholesome treat. These bars are packed with the goodness of Grainwell Puffed Oats, nuts, seeds, and dried fruit, all held together with a delicious honey and almond butter mixture. They are easy to make and customizable to suit your taste preferences.

Ingredients

3 cups Grainwell Puffed Oats
1 cup nuts (such as almonds, walnuts, or pecans), roughly chopped
1/2 cup seeds (such as sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, or chia seeds)
1/2 cup dried fruit (such as raisins, cranberries, or chopped apricots)
1/4 cup shredded coconut (optional)
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup almond butter (or any nut butter of your choice)
1/4 cup coconut oil (or butter)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt

Instruction

1. Preparation:

  • Line an 8×8 inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving some overhang on the sides for easy removal.
  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).

2. Mix Dry Ingredients:

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the Grainwell Puffed Oats, chopped nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and shredded coconut (if using). Stir until well mixed.

3. Prepare Wet Ingredients:

  • In a small saucepan, combine the honey, almond butter, and coconut oil. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until the mixture is smooth and well combined.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, and salt.

4. Combine Ingredients:

  • Pour the warm honey mixture over the dry ingredients. Use a spatula to thoroughly mix everything together, ensuring all the dry ingredients are well coated.

5. Bake:

  • Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking pan. Use the back of a spoon or a spatula to press the mixture firmly into an even layer.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.

6. Cool and Cut:

  • Remove the pan from the oven and let it cool completely in the pan. This can take about an hour.
  • Once cooled, use the parchment paper overhang to lift the granola block out of the pan. Place it on a cutting board and cut into bars or squares.

Serving Options:

  1. As-is: These granola bars are perfect for a quick snack or breakfast on-the-go. Pack them in your lunchbox, backpack, or gym bag for a convenient, energy-boosting treat.
  2. With Yogurt: Crumble a granola bar over a bowl of Greek yogurt and fresh fruit for a delicious and balanced breakfast or snack.
  3. With Milk: Enjoy the bars as a crunchy cereal by breaking them into pieces and adding milk.
  4. Dipped in Chocolate: For a sweeter treat, dip the granola bars in melted dark chocolate and let them set on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Additional Tips:

  • Customization: Feel free to customize these bars by swapping out the nuts, seeds, and dried fruits for your favorites. You can also add in extras like chocolate chips, flaxseeds, or protein powder.
  • Storage: Store the granola bars in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. For longer storage, keep them in the refrigerator for up to two weeks or freeze them for up to three months.
  • Serving Size: This recipe makes approximately 12 bars, depending on how large you cut them.
Puffed Oats Granola Bars

Grainwell Puffed Oats are a versatile ingredient that can be enjoyed in many ways beyond granola bars. Sprinkle them over your morning smoothie bowl for added texture, mix them into homemade trail mix, or use them as a topping for baked goods like muffins and cookies. Their light, airy texture and mild flavor make them a delightful addition to a variety of dishes.