THE ULTIMATE GRAB & GO SNACK: FRUIT + NUT GRANOLA BARS
Fruit and Nut Granola Bars are a great way to incorporate some healthy ingredients, fiber, and protein into your snack or breakfast routine. I’m always on the go, and it’s nice to have something portable and mess-free that I can toss into my purse or lunch bag. We’ve also got quite the hiking culture here in the Pacific Northwest, and these bars would be perfect to pack for an outdoor excursion.
This recipe is so simple you can almost do it with your eyes closed, and now that school is back in session, making this healthy snack is a no-brainer. The best part of these fruit and nut bars are their versatility. You can substitute the ingredients I used (cranberries, pepitas, almonds) with any fruit and nut combination that suits your taste buds. As with most baking recipes, simply combine the wet and dry ingredients respectively before mixing everything together. I love a good sweet and salty flavor profile, and these bars fulfill that craving while also having a good chewy and crunchy texture.
NO GUILT ADDED
There’s a wide variety of granola bars on the market these days, but most of them include a ton of hidden sugars and unhealthy saturated fats or fillers. When you make your own, you can feel great about fueling yourself and your family with wholesome goodness without sacrificing flavor. Every ingredient that goes into these bars is a clean, whole food and this recipe is designed to satisfy your hunger and give you the energy to go about your busy day!
Pro tip: Wrapped with some parchment paper and baker’s twine, these granola bars would also be a simple yet impressive treat to bring to the office and win some brownie points with coworkers.
Fruit & Nut Bars
Yield 12 servings
- ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
- ¼ cup honey
- ¼ cup peanut butter
- 1 cup old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup quick cooking oats
- ⅔ cup dried cranberries
- ⅔ cup pepitas
- ⅔ cup sliced almonds
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ cup applesauce
- 2 large eggs
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In a small saucepan melt the coconut oil, honey, and peanut butter over low heat until smooth and combined.
In a large bowl combine the oats, cranberries, pepitas, almonds, cinnamon and salt. Add applesauce, eggs and warmed honey mixture. Stir until fully incorporated.
Transfer to a greased 8x8" baking dish and spread evenly. Bake for 20 minutes until edges are golden brown. Cool before cutting into bars.