If you were to ask me, the key to healthy eating is having readily available snacks around that aren’t just fruit and veggies. We are not robots, we are humans. And we need to indulge every so often. But who said indulgence can’t also be healthy? These granola bars are so rich, creamy yet crunchy. Kids love ’em, adults love them. The perfect snack to make in bulk and keep around.
They are also such a convenient grab and go. Like any granola bar really, just these happen to not be loaded with sugar and stabilizers and the like. They store excellently in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer, so you can double or even triple the batch and always have this healthy snack option on hand.
Ingredients are also all accessible. Nothing fancy. Just some oats, nuts and peanut butter. Feel free to play around with the nut combo as well as change up the nut butter. It’s a really simple and versatile recipe, so if you’d rather almond butter, I say go for it! I will however say, that you should try to keep the pumpkin seeds in this recipe. They are one of those nuts that are super overlooked in my opinion. They are loaded with plant based protein (much more than any other commonly used nut), have a lovely omega 3 to omega 6 ratio, and pack in iron, calcium, vitamin A, and folate. I happen to love having my granola bars with my morning coffee, and I find that it gives me such sustained energy with a burst of crucial nutrients right off the bat. So if you are ok with the pumpkin seed flavor, I’d stick with it!