Homemade Granola Bars

Photo by Mother Earth Living.

When you need a pick-me-up, it's easy to reach for something unhealthy or something sweet. But that's not the best snack. If you need something to keep you going between lunch and dinner, try these homemade granola bars.

Here's what you need:

2 1/2 cups quick cooking oats

1/2 cup dried cranberries

3/4 cup pumpkin seeds

2/3 cup honey

2/3 cup peanut butter

1/2 teaspoon salt


Stir together oats, cranberries and pumpkin seeds in a large bowl.

In a small bowl, mix together honey, peanut butter and salt. Heat slightly in the microwave for 30 seconds or until the mixture softens up.

Add the honey mixture to the oat mixture and stir together until everything is well coated. If the mixture seems too dry, add additional honey, 1 teaspoon at a time.

Line a 9-inch pan with parchment paper. Press the granola into the bottom  of the pan.

Cover and refrigerate until set, about 4 hours.

Once set, turn granola onto a cutting board and cut into small squares.

The best part about this recipe is all of the substitutions you can make if these ingredients aren't for you. You can use almonds for pumpkin seeds, or different fruit, like cherries, for the cranberries. This is a healthy snack with a lot of options.



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