Granola bars are heavenly, I'll sit and eat those until I get a toothache from all the crunching! LOL Another one of those blissful products we thought was *healthier* since it has oats in it. right? Sigh. Afraid not. While it does contain some healthy ingredients, some brands are worst than candy!
My poor dear son takes after me. Loves those crunchy sweet delicious bars and not thrilled since they have not made our way into the cupboards since mom is eating all healthy-like. What's a kid to do? He is lucky his mother loves him is what!
Researching a multitude of recipes, I found most of them contain dried fruit. For diabetics, fruit can be a slippery slope. Many also contain sugar of some kind, healthy or not, still more carbs than I want to consume.
While this is the most popular for me and my family, I do encourage you to add/subtract ingredients. The possibilities are endless!
1 cup rolled oats (not quick cooking kind)
1/4 cup raw chopped cashews
1/4 cup raw walnuts
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 tablespoon coconut
3 squares baking chocolate chopped fine
2 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoon raw honey
You can either use the oven or stove top method.
Oven: All dry ingredients bake for approx 10 mins in a 350 degree oven. Keep a close eye to ensure your mixture doesn't burn.
Stovetop: Large pan (no oil!) medium heat, stirring frequently until all dry ingredients are toasty brown.
Turn heat off, add butter and chocolate pieces. Mix well until chocolate is melted and coating mixture. Add honey, mix and pour into baking dish lined with wax paper.
Allow to cool and set (approx an hour). Or you can cheat (whistles innocently) and put it in the freezer for about 10 mins. It is a bit of a crumbly mess but well worth it! Make sure you have a napkin under your granola bar. :)