Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Easy Homemade Granola Bars

I have been neck deep in my unplugging journey and haven't really posted about anything else lately. It's been fantastic and I definitely feel like I have found more balance. As I continue to find the right balance, I would like to get back into sharing recipes and natural health information. 

I'm going to start with a simple granola recipe that I've been meaning to post for awhile now. I'm grateful to Jackie over at Little Owl Crunchy Mama for choosing me as her March crunchy mama for her "Who's Your a Crunchy Mama?" series (stay tuned for that post!) and for asking me for this recipe because it prompted me to finally post it! ....lotta mamas in that sentence. 

I love granola bars. Store bought ones always leave my mouth feeling weird, and since cutting WAY back on processed food I was happy to settle on a homemade granola recipe. 

Easy Homemade Granola Bars

  1. Melt the sugar, honey, butter, vanilla, and salt in a small saucepan. Let cool a little.
  2. Mix maca powder with shredded coconut and oats then add in nuts.
  3. Mix the honey mixture with the toasted ingredients in a large bowl, keep in mind the sugar mixture is still pretty warm.
  4. Add in the remaining ingredients (raisins, etc)
  5. Press the hot mixture into a parchment lined 9×13 dish.
  6. Cool considerably before cutting

I always seem to forget to take a fancy pants granola bars pictures I make these....I'll get one some day!



Notes:
1) "Activate" nuts by soaking in water (with some salt) overnight then dry in oven or dehydrator. Post coming on the importance of this. For now just know it makes them easier to digest and better for you overall.
2) I toast the toasted ingredients in the oven on 375 for about 10-15mins...keep a close eye on that coconut!
3) Recipe adapted from Nourishing Creations (http://www.nourishingcreations.com/2013/04/homemade-granola-bars-3-cups-rolled.html)
4) This post containes affiliate links to products I use and recommend for this recipe. If you choose to purchase the products via the link provided, I will get a small percentage of the sale, which is helpful for feeding my growing family, so thank you!

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