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2013-05-10 12.32.17These are the best granola bars I have ever had and they are home made.  So simple to make and so delicious.  I found the recipe on the blog In Real Life.  Head on over for the original recipe. It’s a great blog to check out while you are there. Anyway, pretty much this is the same thing.  I don’t want to take credit for the recipe.  I’m so glad it was shared with the world and now I continually share it with others, so I am putting it on my blog.  It’s much easier to say, “Visit my blog for the recipe”, then to write it out every time someone asks for it.

4 Ingredient Granola Bars

Ingredients
  • 4 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • Optional:  1/2 to 1 cup mini-chocolate chips, raisins, walnuts, sliced almonds, coconut, dried cranberries, or anything you like.
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350 & spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Press firmly into pan and bake for 16-18 minutes.
  4. Let cool and enjoy.

I put this recipe with 1/2 cup choc chips and 1/4 c coconut (sprinkled on the top) and 1/2 c sliced almonds with a serving of 18 into the recipe builder on MyFitnessPal.  Based on their calculations here is the nutritional value per serving:

286 Cal    49 carbs     10 fat      7 protein       69 sodium       30 sugar

In the picture it shows the bars cut in half the size of the serving size above.  If you can stick to just one square, you are good.  Oh but it is so hard to just have one little square!  Even though the sugar is high, I still consider them better than buying other types of granola bars.  At least you know what is in them.  If you want to make them a bit healthier choose natural peanut butter and cut back on the brown sugar and leave out the chocolate chips (but who in their right mind would want to do that!).  I did see the same recipe that did not include the brown sugar, so I am sure they are still tasty. 

My sister had another granola recipe and she likes this one much better.  I love that it is only 4 ingredients and then you can add too it whatever you want.  So simple and delicious!

What’s your favorite kind of granola bar?  I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below.

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