Semi-Homemade Granola Bars
These puppies are easy to make and will last you a few days to a week, depending on your snack schedule. They also make great breakfast as well! Heat ’em up, add a dollop of Greek yogurt and a cup of tea or coffee and you’ve got a great start to your day!
1 box granola
½ cup sliced almonds (unsalted)*
½ cup sliced cashews (roasted and unsalted)
½ cup dark chocolate morsels
½ cup pitted dates, finely chopped
½ cup unsalted pumpkin seeds
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 ½ tablespoons vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
½ cup honey
Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F.
Butter a baking dish (ideally 8-inch x 12-inch) and then line the bottom with parchment paper to avoid sticking*.
Pour all the granola into a bowl and add the chocolate, nuts, dates, and pumpkin seeds. Toss together well.
In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the butter, salt, vanilla, and honey. The mixture will boil. That’s okay. Cook it for a minute and stir well. Then remove from heat and pour onto the granola mixture. Stir together well.
Add the granola mix to the prepared baking dish, packing it in tightly and smoothing the top. The easiest way to do this is to use a plastic spatula or even your hands, but be sure to wet your fingers first.
Bake for about 30 minutes until granola is golden brown but not burned.
Let the granola cool fully before cutting into desired shape (squares or bars). Happy snacking*!
Pro Tip 1:
Looking to keep track of your protein intake? Here’s what you’ll get from this recipe:
– almonds, about 10 grams protein
– cashews, about 10 grams protein
– pumpkin seeds, about 6 grams protein
Pro Tip 2:
An easy way to butter the dish is to dab a clean paper towel in room-temp butter and then rub the greasy paper towel over every inch of the baking dish.
Pro Tip 3:
You can microwave your granola bars a bit and enjoy them warm for breakfast, if you prefer.