I’ve got 4 births coming up this month (one momma currently in early labor, who I’ll most likely join soon!). Whenever I know I’ll have a birth-heavy month, I like to prepare snacks beforehand that will be easy to take with me to the hospitals. Enter the homemade granola bar. I’ve long been a fan of granola bars, but the conventional ones that I find in grocery stores – the ones that are affordable anyway – are chalk full of artificial ingredients, weird oils, sugar, and usually gluten.
I’ve been doing intermittent fasting for the past 1.5 weeks and so I’m not currently eating breakfast first thing in the morning. But if I were, I think these bars would be really good for breakfast. Maybe even broken up and sprinkled in coconut milk yogurt and blueberries a la the above picture – yum!
The best part of all, these granola bars are super simple to make and don’t require an oven!
2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oats
3/4 cups unsalted, unsweetened peanut butter (or any other nut butter)
2 tablespoons raw, unfiltered honey (more or less to taste)
1/4 cup golden raisins or regular raisins
1 teaspoon cinnamon
For chocolate topping (optional)
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons coconut oil
Combine all ingredients (except for chocolate topping) to bowl and combine until everything is mixed well together
Spread out onto parchment paper-lined baking sheet until it’s about 1/2-1 inch tall
In a saucepan over medium heat, combine chocolate topping and stir constantly until mixed well together with no clumps – about 3-5 minutes
Drizzle on granola and then put in freezer for 4 hours
Take out and cut into the bar size you want
If you make them, let me know what you think in the comments!