One of my favorite treats ever is a really good oatmeal cookie. I will be happy substituting with a really yummy chewy granola bar. I have made our Homemade Granola Bar recipe many many times and I love it! Since brown sugar and butter really aren't part of the cleaning eating diet, I made it my mission to alter this recipe in yummy any healthy ways.
Clean Eating Homemade Granola bars
- 2 cups of quick oats
- 1/2 cup of honey
- 1/4 cup of maple syrup
- 1/2 cup of coconut oil
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees
- Combine all 4 ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix them REALLY well.
- Place a piece of parchment paper onto a baking sheet and pour the mixture over the middle of it.
- Spread it out until it's a fairly even 1/2 inch thickness. I also used my hands to form it into a large square.
- Bake for about 10-15 minutes. Baking time will depend on baking sheet, oven, and the thickness of the granola.
- You will know it's done because it will be a nice golden color. The edges might be a little dark but that's ok because toasted oats taste good.
- After it completely cools, you can cut it into bars but I prefer to break it up into granola pieces.
*Tip: More oats and less liquid gives you a crunchy texture. More liquids means a chewier texture.
Variations: yummy additions before baking
- A pinch of sea salt gives you a sweet/salty combo
- Trying adding a little cinnamon and vanilla to the mix. I haven't tried that but I will next time.
- Add chopped almonds, peanuts, or pecans.
- Stir a couple Tablespoons of peanut butter into the granola
- Add a couple Tablespoons of chocolate chips
- Or try some raisins, dried cranberries, or dried cherries
- Stir in some unsweetened coconut
You can add a few of these or a combination to customize however you would like to.