One of the great things about blogging is that I get a chance to connect with other people all over the country, and sometimes even the world! Luckily for everyone reading today, I got to chat online with one of my Facebook fans, Shawna. She was nice enough to take the time to write out a recipe for a healthy (and frugal!) snack that everyone can make at home.
Don’t they look tempting? Delicious? Or maybe mouthwatering? I don’t care how you slice them, they look full of flavor… and so does that loaf of pumpkin bread! I know it’s pumpkin bread, because in our short chat online, Shawna offered to take another photo to share with readers and said something about ignoring the bread. Ignore? No way… Now I want pumpkin bread AND chewy granola bars!
Shawna’s Chewy Granola Bars
- 5 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 stick soften butter
- 1 cup of peanut butter
- 1 cup honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups chocolate chips
- 1 cup nuts (whatever is on hand)
Once you’ve grabbed all the ingredients from your pantry, you can get started by following Shawna’s easy peasy directions:
- Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
- While the oven heats up, line a jelly roll pan with parchment paper and oil the paper lightly.
- Mix first four ingredients then add the butter, peanut butter, honey, and vanilla.
- Fold in nuts & chocolate.
- Press mixture into the pan firmly, then bake for 20 min. Remove them from the oven, and use another piece of parchment paper and pack the bars down. This should allow you to slide them out of the pan and let them cool for an hour.
- Once cooled down enough, cut into as many bars as you like.
- After cutting them wait another two hours till completely cooled, then pack in individual baggies for a simple snack to grab and take on the go.
Yup, it’s that easy! Shawna does mention that she finds it works best to mix the nuts & chocolate in with her hands. Don’t you wish you had them to snack on right now?
The thing I love best about this recipe isn’t that makes me hungry… it’s that you can really customize it to suit your needs. Don’t have one of the ingredients in the pantry or have an allergy? That’s ok, just swap it out! As for flour, you can use anything you have on hand – doesn’t have to be wheat. I’d suggest teff to add a sweet, nutty flavor, or buckwheat. Got a peanut allergy? Use another nut butter that’s safe. Don’t do dairy? You can easily swap out the butter for coconut oil. And lastly, if you’re sugar free like we are, simply swap out the dry sugar for coconut sugar or replace it with a smaller ration of honey I know it can be daunting to try and replace ingredients in recipes, but after you give it a go a few times, it’ll be a piece of cake! Man, now I want cake…
What do you think about the recipe Shawna shared today? Tempted to try it?