Crunchy Homemade Granola Bars

Crunchy Homemade Granola Bars

I paddle with a dragon boat team here in Vancouver. I started paddling while living in Calgary, and fell in love with the sport! It started as a way to get back on the water, and then it helped me develop my fitness. And now, I just enjoy pushing myself physically. I’m not the fittest person on the team by far, but I enjoy that feeling of tiredness after a good practice, where  all you want to do is melt on to  a couch. Or that feeling after a race, where the whole team has given it their all and the boat had glided smoothly along the course.

It’s racing season here, and we have a set of races tomorrow morning. The results from this race determine how we are seated in the big Vancouver dragon boat festival. We usually try to bring healthy(ish) snacks to munch on between races, to keep our energy up.

There are lots of recipes out there to make homemade granola bars. And there are so many flavour combinations! I made these crunchy granola bars for our last set of races and they were a big hit with the team!

This recipe yields 24 bars, so feel free to halve the ingredients for a smaller quantity.

To make my Crunchy Granola Bars, you will need…

  • 5 cups of rolled oats
  • 1 cup of chopped nuts – I used almonds
  • 1/3 cup of honey
  • 2/3 cup of peanut butter
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • ½ cup of dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup of pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup of sunflower seeds
  • ½ tsp of salt

Directions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 oF. Place the oats and chopped nuts on cookie sheets and toast them for 7 to 10 minutes until they become golden brown. Let them cool off a bit once they’re toasted.
  2. While the oats are toasting, in a large bowl whisk together the honey, butter, and vanilla.
  3. Once the oats are toasted, mix the oats, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and salt in to the peanut butter mixture.
  4. Line a 9” x 13” baking pan with parchment paper, and transfer the granola bar mixture in to the pan. Use a spatula to press the mixture in to the pan and make sure that they mixture is even spread out.
  5. Let the mixture chill in the fridge for at least two hours, before cutting it up in to bars.

    Enjoy!

    Tips

    * As long as you have 1 cup of mix-ins, you can create whatever flavour of bar you like! Feel free to switch up the almonds for another type of nut, and the peanut butter for your favourite flavour of nut butter! The sky’s the limit with flavour possibilities!

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