Have you ever had a homemade granola bar?
Better yet, have you ever made your own granola bar?
If your answer is “no” to either of these questions, or it’s a disgruntled “yes”, then prepare to be amazed!
I think most people prefer to buy pre-made granola bars instead of making their own for one of two reasons: a) they don’t have the time to make their own, or b) they prefer the store-bought ones. But trust me, these granola bars will blow away any preconceived notions you may have about the homemade version.
So why is this exactly? First, these granola bars are more “chewy” than crunchy, similar to Quaker Chewy Bars. But, unlike Quaker’s version, these are more “bar-like”, meaning they have a consistency that’s much more similar to that of a blondie or cookie bar. They’re also twice the size of Chewy Bars and chock full of healthy ingredients, such as oats, banana, nut butter, whole wheat flour, the list goes on and on!
Yet, these granola bars are also absolutely delicious!! They’re actually pretty irresistible, so watch out if you make them! But that just means they’re the perfect snack for after work or school or before a workout, because you’ll look forward to eating them, instead of dread just another healthy snack.
Not to mention, they have mini chocolate chips!! That’s like a mini piece of heaven in each bite! And the only sugar included is natural sugar, from honey & bananas. Take a look at any other granola bar wrapper and I doubt this’ll be what you find!
Second, these granola bars are so easy to make! They only took me about 7 minutes to prepare, and another 25 minutes to bake. Aka: you could have a batch of homemade healthy Chewy Bars in less than the time it takes to watch a full-length show on Netflix!
Or you could be like me and just watch Netflix while you make them! 😉
On a side note, school starts back up for me this Friday. And unfortunately, I’m going to be taking classes about 10x harder than those I took last year (which is probably not an exaggeration). Meaning, I won’t be able to post as often as I have been. From today on, I’ll be posting recipes every Tuesday and Saturday, and maybe only updating Instagram around 3-5 times a week. Of course, my recipes are going to stay just as heathy (and hopefully delicious!) as always, I’ll just have one less dessert, bar, or heathy snack to munch on each week! I appreciate you all viewing my blog and even trying my recipes, and can’t wait to continue experimenting with and creating more heathy recipes!!
Chocolate Chip “Chewy” Bars
- 2 c old fashioned oats
- 1/4 c whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 c honey
- 1/2 banana, mashed
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 c nut butter of choice
- 1/4 c mini chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 325°F. Combine old fashioned oats, whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon in small bowl. Add honey, banana, vanilla extract, and nut butter to a large bowl, except for chocolate chips, and stir until fully combined. Stir in dry ingredients and mix until fully combined. Fold in chocolate chips. Grease an 8″x8″ pan and pour in ingredients. Press down with a spatula until compressed and level. Bake for 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool before cutting, serving, and enjoying! (Store in airtight container for up to 2 weeks.)
Nutrition Information (from myfitnesspal.com)
(Yields 12 bars)