Home-Made Granola Bars: 3 Quick And Easy DIY Recipes

by MyFitnessPal:

Store-bought granola bars usually come with lots of sugar. It doesn’t have to be that way, though. MyFitnessPal shows you how to come up with your very own granola bar version. Here’s three easy recipes for healthy granola bars – the perfect addition to a balanced diet.

Peanut Butter Bars

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Ingredients

7 dates, pitted and dried
5 tsp hot water
130g peanut butter, unsweetened
3 Tbsp brown rice syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
300g rolled oats
2 tsp chia seeds
2 tsp flaxseeds

Directions

Put the dates in a small bowl, add the boiling water and leave to soak for approx. 10 minutes.
Add the soaked dates and 5 tablespoons of water to a blender and mix until smooth.
Heat the pureed dates with peanut butter, rice syrup and vanilla in a small pan and stir until well combined.

Mix rolled oats, chia seeds and flaxseeds in a big bowl, then add the peanut butter & date purée.
Spread it on a lined baking tray and lightly press down a bit. Place a second layer of baking parchment on top, then pop the tray in your freezer for at least 2 hours.

Cut into approx. 12 bars and keep them in the fridge.

Nutritional Value

Servings: 12
Per serving: Calories: 198; Total fat: 7g; Saturated fat: 1g; Unsaturated fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 39mg; Carbohydrate: 29g, Fiber: 5g; Sugar: 12g, Protein: 5g
Additional nutrients: Potassium: 137mg; Vitamin A: 0%; Vitamin C: 1%; Calcium: 5%

Banana Bread Bars

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Ingredients

320g oatmeal
2 Tbsp flaxseeds
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp salt
2 bananas, very ripe and mashed
4 Tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
12g dates, dried and chopped

Directions

Preheat your oven to 180°C / 355°F.

Mix oats, flaxseeds, cinnamon and salt in a big bowl. Add the mashed bananas, honey and vanilla extract and stir well. Then add the chopped dates.
Spread on a lined baking tray and press down. Bake for approx. 20 to 25 minutes until slightly browned and crunchy.

Leave to cool for about 10 minutes, then cut into bars with a sharp knife.

Nutritional Value  

Servings: 10
Per serving: Calories: 130; Total fat: 2g; Saturated fat: 0g; Unsaturated fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 120mg; Carbohydrate: 27g, Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 14g, Protein: 3g
Additional nutrients: Potassium: 122mg; Vitamin A: 0%; Vitamin C: 2%; Calcium: 1%

No-Bake Granola Bars

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Ingredients

160g oatmeal
40g corn flakes, unsweetened
2 Tbsp chia seeds
2 Tbsp flaxseed
35g pumpkin seeds
25g almonds, chopped
60g almond purée, unsweetened
120g honey
2 Tbsp chocolate chips

Directions

Mix oats, corn flakes, chia seeds, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds and almonds in a bowl.

Heat the honey and almond purée for about 45 seconds in your microwave, then pour over the other ingredients in the bowl.
Stir until well combined, then spread the mixture on a lined baking tray and slightly press down.

Place a second layer of baking parchment on top, then pop it into the freezer for approx. 30 minutes.
Use a sharp knife to cut the hardened mass into 8 bars.

Nutritional Value  

Servings: 8
Per serving: Calories: 263; Total fat: 13g; Saturated fat: 2g; Unsaturated fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 32mg; Carbohydrate: 31g, Fiber: 5g; Sugar: 12g, Protein: 9g
Additional nutrients: Potassium: 92mg; Vitamin A: 1%; Vitamin C: 1%; Calcium: 10%

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