Healthy homemade granola bars

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Did you know most granola bars are filled with refined and processed sugars, inflammatory oils, GMO grains, pesticides, and artificial colors, flavors, and sweeteners?

Not to mention they pack a TON of sugar per serving! Not a great option to send your kiddo to school with or that 4 PM snack to keep you going through the work day….

Practicing blood sugar balancing is so important to ensure optimal health and happy hormones which means every meal and snack should be balanced and made of REAL food!

So instead of reaching for the granola candy bars from the grocery store, go ahead and try making them yourself. The best thing about it? You get to decide what you include in your recipe.

Check out my easy healthy bar recipes below for that emergency snack!

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Photo from the Health Style Emporium

Chocolate Chip Granola bars

1/2 cup oats (I like Bob’s Red Mill)
2 tbsps vegan dark chocolate chips
2 tbsps unsweetened shredded coconut
2 tbsps pumpkin seeds
2 tbsps chia seeds
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp almond butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp raw organic honey or pure maple syrup

Place ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix well with your hands.

Line a square baking pan with parchment paper or wax paper. Pour mixture onto the baking pan. Smooth the mixture out evenly with a spatula or spoon into a rectangle shape until well evened out.

Transfer this pan into the freezer. Freeze for 10-15 minutes. Remove from freezer and allow to thaw for 10-15 minutes. Slice into square bars. Enjoy! Store in fridge when consuming.


Buckwheat chocolate bars

1/2 cup raw buckwheat groats (soaked overnight)
1/2 cup cooked quinoa
4-6 deglet noor dates
1 tbsp raw almond butter
1 tsp ceylon cinnamon
Pinch of himaylan salt
2 tbsps raw cacao or 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (I love coast)

Blend all ingredients in a food processor until smooth and sticky. Line a square baking pan with parchment paper or wax paper. Pour mixture onto the baking pan. Smooth the mixture out evenly with a spatula or spoon into a rectangle shape until well evened out.

Transfer this pan into the freezer. Freeze for 10-15 minutes. Remove from freezer and allow to thaw for 10-15 minutes. Slice into square bars. Enjoy! Store in fridge when consuming.

Cranberry orange energy bars

1/2 cup organic oats
2 tbsps raw pumpkin seeds
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp raw organic honey
2 tbsps organic dried cranberries
1 tbsp orange zest (use an organic orange!) or 2-5 drops Wild Orange Oil (must be food grade!!)
1 tsp vanilla extract

Pre-heat oven to 250F. Place ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix well with your hands. Press mixture into baking tin and bake for 20-25 minutes. Allow the slice to cool and set before slicing into bars.

Almond snicker bars

1/2 cup raw soaked almonds
4-6 deglet noor dates
1/2 cup vegan dark chocolate (I use this one)

Blend all ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Add water if too dry.

Line a square baking pan with parchment paper or wax paper. Pour mixture onto a the baking pan. Smooth the mixture out evenly with a spatula or spoon into a rectangle shape until well evened out.

Transfer the pan into the freezer. Freeze for 10-15 minutes. Remove from freezer and allow to thaw for 10-15 minutes. Slice into square bars. Enjoy! Store in fridge when consuming.

Chocolate Chunk Granola Bars

1 cup organic oats (I use Bob’s Red Mill)
1 tbsp coconut oil
1/3 cup vegan dark chocolate chunks
1 tbsp pure raw maple syrup
2 tbsps raw cacao powder

Blend the oats, oil, syrup, and powder in a food processor until sticky, if too dry add some nut milk until you reach your desired consistency. Transfer mixture into a bowl and mix the chocolate chunks together with the sticky dough with your hands. Pour mixture onto a square baking pan and smooth out evenly with a spatula or spoon into a rectangular shape.

Transfer the pan into the freezer. Freeze for 30 minutes. Remove from freezer and allow to thaw for 10-15 minutes. Slice into bars and enjoy! Store in the fridge when consuming.

Banana Buckwheat Bars

1 cup buckwheat groats (soaked overnight and rinsed)
1 banana
1 tbsp almond butter
2 deglet noor dates
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Garden of Life)

Blend all ingredients into a food processor into sticky texture is formed. If too dry add nut milk.
Pour mixture onto a square baking pan and smooth out evenly with a spatula or spoon into a rectangular shape.

Transfer the pan into the freezer. Freeze for 30 minutes. Remove from freezer and allow to thaw for 10-15 minutes. Slice into bars and enjoy! Store in the fridge just before consuming!


Peanut Butter Protein Bars

1 cup organic oats (I use Bob’s Red Mill)
2 tbsps organic unsalted peanut butter
1 pinch of himalyan salt
4-6 deglet noor dates

Blend all ingredients in a food processor until smooth and sticky texture is formed. Add water if too dry. Line a square baking pan with parchment paper or wax paper. Pour mixture onto a square baking pan. Smooth the mixture out evenly with a spatula or spoon into a rectangle shape that is evened out.

Transfer the pan into the freezer. Freeze for 10-15 minutes. Remove from freezer and allow to thaw for 10-15 minutes. Slice into bars and enjoy! Store in the fridge when consuming.

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Laurence Annez