Thursday, March 21, 2013

Healthy Baked Granola Bars or Raw Granola Balls

Hey friends! And heyyy new friends! Just wanted to take a minute to say hello hello to my newest blog readers! I'm so so happy to have you and thrilled to be connected!  

So today I have a really yummy and easy healthy recipe for you. Yeah, we are on a kick over here. We love to cook and bake and eat! Ha! Aaron and I cook together daily and we've been doing a lot of clean eating recently. And by that I just mean healthy. Being more aware of what we are putting in our mouths / bodies. Nothing crazy. Nothing too strict. We have been eating some of the most deelish foods ever. Easy, fun to prepare, and made with fresh ingredients. The vegetable cutting board is working overtime...and we never feel like we've had cement transfused into our bloodstreams after dinner.

But you know I've been all about baking cupcakes, cookies, cakes...and all that great stuff...still am...but we are keeping an eye on ingredients, as well as how often we go wild. ;)

So for today I want to share these yummy homemade granola bars with you! Sometimes if you grab granola bars in the store you'll see that they really aren't too far from crazy candy bars when you read the ingredients. Well making them from scratch will let you rest assured because you control exactly what goes into them. They can be super delish without all the sugar and oils and stuff.
 It's nice to have treats that are healthy, a great source of energy in your day, an excellent booster prior to a workout. And your kids will love them and you'll love that your kids are eating them! Annnd you can change them up every time you make them with little additions and extras! Like cinnamon, or almond extract...or change up your nuts...switch to dark chocolate...go with almond or cashew butter...some coconut flakes, dried fruit...the possibilities are endless! 

Okie here is what you'll need! 

3 cups rolled oats
2 tablespoons flaxseed
1/2 cup unsalted walnuts or almonds, or peanuts, chopped
1 cup natural peanut butter, warmed up
1/2 cup honey 
1 mashed ripe banana
1/4 teaspoon vanilla 
1/4 cup carob chips or dark chocolate chips

other great ideas for add ins:
coconut flakes
dried fruit

Preheat over to 350.

In a large bowl, combine your oats, flaxseed and nuts. Add your honey,  and mix well. Now add your warmed up peanut butter, banana, and vanilla. Mix until moistened.  Now, fold in your carob or chocolate chips or whatever add ins you'd like! You could add a bit more honey and/or peanutbutter if you think your mixture is too dry. It depends on your add ins. Try a tablespoon at a time.
Now, press your mixture into a greased (non-stick spray) 9 x 13 baking dish, and bake for about 25 mins. Edges will be a light golden brown. 
Cool for about 5 mins before scoring your bars then let cool another 10 or so before cutting, to give them time to set up a bit. 
Cut into squares and store between layers of waxed paper.  These bars have a fantastic texture. Crisp edges with a moist, chewy, sweet center. I really think the banana makes all the difference!

*And for a Raw (no bake) option... you can roll this dough into balls and pop them in the fridge for about an hour. They are fantastic that way as well! We made them both ways! 

xo Jenny


  1. "...and we never feel like we've had cement transfused into our bloodstreams after dinner" made me laugh. :)

  2. These look pretty yummy. I think we'll give them a go this weekend. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Look delicious!!!! And I also laughed at the "cement transfued into our bloodstreams after dinner" hehe I totally know what you mean!!

    xo Dinah @ sunshine super glam

  4. These seem really good. I tried some from another recipe recently that were a big let down. They didn't hold up after I baked them and they just crumbled. It wasn't a total loss. I just ate it as cereal.

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  5. These look yummy! Just a note though, the body won't absorb flax seeds unless they're ground up or unless you viciously chew them. Putting whole flax seeds in foods isn't that beneficial since you'll just poop em out!

  6. I tried some from another recipe recently that were a big let down.
    These look pretty yummy.

  7. This recipe looks yummy. You have inspired me with all your talk of baking. I even did some myself!

  8. @Val Ha! It's so true though!! haha!

  9. @ Jess Schleicher They really were! And the no bake version was great too!! Let me know how you liked them and if you change them up at all! :) xo

  10. @Margarita Bloom They are!! Try them!! :)

  11. @Dinah Gacon Thanks! We loved them! And can't wait to change things up a bit for our next batch. :)

  12. @vintage honeybee Hey! Ohh you know I've seen a bunch of recipes on pinterest and read through comments and reviews and so many had that problem, which is why I added the banana! I really think it makes all the difference! It retains the moisture. They truly turned out perfect texture wise! Thanks for popping in!


  13. @ madelein Thanks!! They were super yummy! And guilt free! :)

  14. @Faith Hey there! Thanks bunches for visiting annnd for the heads up! So I guess from now on I'll run them through my little food processor! :)


  15. @ Johanes oh geez, sorry to hear. It is always such a bummer when you shop for all the ingredients for a recipe you found online only to be let down in the end. Was it the taste or the texture? Or did they crumble? These truly were great! As I mentioned above, the addition of the banana makes such a difference in moisture level. They do not crumble at all! They cut perfectly, browned on the top and sides, yet remained moist. : )

  16. @RaVani Thanks so much! Ohh I'll have to come see what you baked! :)


  17. i LOVE these. i had been making them last year but couldn't find the recipe so i googled (images of all things since i knew that would stand out more than random recipes with the ingredients i could recall) and i'm SO glad i came across your image - it was a reminder that i'd not visited your blog in a while. hadn't tought to bake them as the blog recipe i had come across last year was just for the raw version, which i love, but i'm going to have to try the baked version now, too <3


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