Homemade Granola Bars

I mentioned in my morning post that I am working on eating less processed goods and more WHOLE, REAL foods.  Generally speaking, I do pretty well with this.  I eat a lot of fresh fruits and veggies, good lean meats, and fresh baked breads in my daily diet.  BUT, one area that I am particularly weak on is bars.  I LOVE bars of all kind.  Ever since I started running and using them as pre-run fuel, it was true love.

Welp, while I’m all about balance, my obsession with bars has gotten a little out of balance.  For me, it isn’t eating the BARS that is bad, it’s the processed nature of such bars.  So — something I am working on this week is creating my own bars that I can snack on, hopefully finding that I don’t feel like I’m missing anything by not getting the prepacked variety.

I want to start with some of my favorite recipe inspirations for you guys, via my favorite bloggers and pinterest.

Easy No Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars from Fannetastic Anne 🙂

These take 5 minutes to prep, have PB as a primary ingredient, and are stocked with seeds. My kinda bar 😉

Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Granola Bars Fannetastic Anne 🙂

Oatmeal and dark chocolate?  I need this in my life.

Almond Energy Bars via Carrots’n’cake

These just LOOK beautiful and crunchy!

No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

I’m drooling. . .

And these are just a few of my favorites, friends.  The options out there are ENDLESS.  I started working on some baked goods last night via some free continental breakfast oats — and will be working through out the week trying to perfect my own little recipe 🙂 ❤  The ingredients I’ve been using so far include:

  • Peanut butter (duhh)
  • Rolled oats
  • Brown sugar and maple oats
  • Trail mix (raisins, M&Ms)
  • Applecause

These are my must have’s basically, but I’m looking to add more seeds and crunchy goodies moving forward!  Hopefully by next week I’ll have a recipe to share with you guys 🙂

Question of the Afternoon:  Ever make  bars yourself?

40 thoughts on “Homemade Granola Bars

  1. yummmm. I make bars all the time! I mix & bake old bananas, oats, greek yogurt, chocolate, and anything else I can find (pumpkin, applesauce, squash, etc) and they (almost) always turn out pretty good!

  2. I love bars! I have made some homemade before and usually find the no-bake variety easier to get tasting right. Anything involving oats and nuts is always a win!

  3. Like you, I’m trying to eat less processed food and cook healthier meals, but sometimes it gets tough to say no to such delicious things like granola bars. I’ll definitely try your recipe, thanks for sharing!! 🙂

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