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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Clean Eat Recipe :: Homemade Clean Granola Bars

The thought of making my own granola bars sounded incredibly daunting before I actually tried it! I had attempted once before, but was only partly successful. After spying a recipe on Pinterest and stalking it several times over the last few weeks, I decided to give it a try and voila! Success!  If I can do it, so can you!

Homemade Clean Granola Bars
Adapted slightly from TurtleWoman

2 1/2 c Rolled Oats
1 c Chopped Almonds
3/4 c Milled Flaxseed
1/4 c Untoasted Sesame Seeds
1/2 c Honey
4 Tbsp Coconut Oil, Softened
2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract (avoid HFCS)
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Sea Salt

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Combine oats, almonds, flax and sesame seeds in a large bowl. Once combined, spread on a large baking sheet (preferably with sides so you don't lose any of your mixture in the oven or on the floor - trust me... it happened!) and pop in the oven for approximately 20 minutes to toast. Stir about every 5 minutes to prevent burning.
2. In a microwave safe bowl, combine honey, stevia, coconut oil and vanilla. Microwave on high for 1 minute, remove and stir. Place bowl back in microwave for approximately 30 more seconds to help the assimilation of the stevia into the mixture. (Mixture will boil in microwave.)
3. In a large bowl, combine dried cranberries, shredded coconut, cinnamon and sea salt. Mix thoroughly.
4. Once the oat mixture is done toasting, combine with the cranberry coconut mixture.
5. Add honey mixture the dry ingredients and combine until all ingredients are wet. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT - Just keep stirring! Wooden spoons are great for this step!
6. Using your baking sheet, now lined with wax paper, gently spread the mixture evenly. Place another piece of wax paper on top so that you can press the mixture into itself, as well as level off the top.
7. Place in refrigerator for at least 2 hrs to harden.
8. Using a pizza slicer, cut into 21 bars. Enjoy!

Makes 21 servings

Calories - 174
Protein - 4g
Fat - 10g
Carbs - 20g
  Sugars - 8g
Sodium - 57mg

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Happy Snacking!
- Tiffany


  1. I just stuck them in the fridge! It was almost impossible to stop eating the 'batter'. Delicious!!!!

  2. These are really good and filling!! I couldn't find the unsweetened dried cranberries :(...used 1/2 cup reduced sugar ones instead. I assume you can only get them at Whole Foods? I'll make them again for sure!

  3. mine turned out toooooo sweet! i have to try them again!

    1. Cut the Stevia in half

    2. I only used local honey (1/2 a cup) and excluded the cranberries and stevia and they were pretty sweet to me, but I don't eat a lot of sugar either. I couldn't imagine them with the cranberries (way too sweet), but I'm sure they would be excellent if you enjoyed that much sweetening. Jut my thoughts though. It is all a matter of taste obviously.

  4. Delicious! I now make these nearly every week for packing in our lunche.

  5. These look yummy! What's the best way to store these?

    1. i wrapped mine individually and kept them in the fridge just in case. I throw one or two in my bag on my way out the door.

  6. I'm not a big fan of stevia...what can we use as a substitute? this recipe looks great!

    1. I used dates in my adaptation which REALLY added to the sweetness, i cut the stevia in half and they were still REALLY sweet, if you went with naturally sweet fruits like dates you could probably skip it all together. Also try getting some applesauce in there somewhere.

  7. I adapted this and it was fantastic! (Definitely cut the Stevia in half, at LEAST.)

    Date-Apricot bars:
    2 1/2 c Rolled Oats
    1 c Hemp Seed
    3/4 c Milled Flaxseed
    1/4 c Almond meal
    1/2 c Honey
    1/8 c Stevia
    4 TBSP Coconut Oil, Softened
    2 tsp Vanilla Extract
    1/2 c Dried Apricots (chopped)
    1/2 c Dates (pitted and chopped)
    1/3-1/2 c Unsweetened Dried Shredded Coconut
    2 tsp Cinnamon (separated) <------half sprinkled over the oats before toasting
    1/2 tsp Sea Salt

    Thank you for your recipe, I'm using it to make tons of different bars!

  8. I made these granola bars over the weekend and LOVE them. They are waaaaaaay better than any store bought item. I am never going back. My husband even loves them! (And I have since passed on the recipe to a coworker.)

    The only thing I did differently was to use unsweetened cherries instead of the cranberries.

  9. Happy Happy Happy! Yumola delish!

  10. Is it ok to ad Chia seeds and Brewers yeast? I'm a nursing mommy needing a little extra help with production...the yeast is really helpful. But not sure if it's ok to add to it. Also can I just increase the honey if not using Stevia? Thanks!


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