My Best Homemade Healthy Granola Bars

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Delicious and healthy granola bars

Delicious and healthy granola bars

O Happy Day……O Happy Day! Do you know that song in Sister Act 2? Awwwwww….that’s such a nice show! I can watch it over and over again and never get bored with it. It never fails to bring me lots of smiles. Go and watch it if you haven’t. If you have a bad day, all the more you need to watch it and be blessed. There’s so much about life that you can learn from it apart from all the laughters.

I must say it was such a happy day when I finally succeeded in making a very delicious healthy granola bars that is not too sweet and doesn’t crumble…….*BIG smiles*. I have tried a few times before. All of them tasted delicious but a little too crumbly. That was because I was unwilling to add more syrup to make the ingredients stick. Ever wonder what makes those granola bars that you buy from the supermarket tastes chewy and sweet? It’s a lot of sugar and syrup! If you want a healthier version, it needs to come from your kitchen. Homemade is always the best! Making granola bars is really simple and easy. The best part of all is that you are in control of the ingredients. You can add so many good stuff in it without your kids knowing about it…..*big grin*.

Granola bars are packed with nutrients as you can hide a lot of seeds, nuts and dried fruits in it. It’s perfect for picnic, tea time, as snacks,in the lunch box or when you go shopping. It saves you from impulsive shopping for food when hunger strikes. How much I hate that feeling when all of a sudden you feel so dead hungry that you feel you can eat a whole week’s food in one go! But I have learned to be smarter. These days I’ll always carry a small bottle of water and some fruits or food in my bag when I go out. That saves me a lot of money from impulsive food shopping. But now with this awesome granola bars, it’s going to be a new thing in my bag…..*big smiles*.

My daughter likes the granola bars that I made this time. She doesn’t like walnuts and dates but she thinks they are actually delicious in the granola bars…….yay! That makes me happy….*big smiles*. For your info, walnuts are very good for health. The shape looks like the brain and I read that it is good for the brain! I also read that eating 7 walnuts a day brings a lot of benefits to health. So, if you don’t like to eat it as it is, try them out in granola bars. You’ll be surprised that it actually tastes really good.

Right, here’s the recipe for my best homemade granola bars. They are not as sweet as those bought from the shops and non dairy too.

Ingredients A
1/2C oil
3/4C honey

Oil and honey mix

Oil and honey mix

Put the oil and honey in a pot over low heat. Keep stirring until it combines. It doesn’t have to boil.

Ingredients B
3/4C sunflower seed (toasted)
1 & 1/2C chopped walnuts (toasted)
1C chopped dates
1C rolled oat
1C spelt flour
Toasted sesame seeds (to sprinkle)

Granola mix

Granola mix

Put all of Ingredients B (except sesame seeds) into a mixing bowl. Stir through to mix.

Granola mix with honey and oil mixture

Granola mix with honey and oil mixture

Press the mix into a low tin

Press the mix into a low tin

Then pour in the oil and honey mixture. Mix well and press into a paper lined tin. Use a low wide tin. I put my hand into a small plastic bag to do the pressing. It’s so much easier than using a spoon to do it. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top and press it down. You can mix the sesame seeds into the granola mixture if you want to but I think it looks much nicer sprinkled on top. I forgot to toast the sesame seeds. It would be a lot nicer if you toast it first. I will do it the next time I make these granola bars again.

Baked granola bars

Baked granola bars

healthy and delicious homemade granola bars

healthy and delicious homemade granola bars

Bake at 200 degrees Celsius for about 20 minutes or when you see it has turned light golden brown. If you use a deeper tin then it will take longer. Bars are meant to be thinner so I suggest that you use a low tin. Cool before you cut them into bars. Enjoy with your favourite drink or just as it is.

Healthy and delicious granola bars

Healthy and delicious granola bars

I made a similar granola bar when I went to visit my daughter earlier (picture here in the blue bowl). It was more crumbly as you can see but delicious too. I used almost the same ingredients this time but with the addition of sesame seeds and spelt flour.

The other granola bars that I made before was also very delicious but a little crumbly. You can check that out at super Easy No Dairy Health Bars.

If you have ever made granola bars before, please share it with me in the comment box below. I will be thrilled to know what you added. Oh wait, my lovely blogger friend, Ann from Anncoo Journal had just made some granola bars recently. Hers looked very delicious. You can check it out at Breakfast Bars (Nigella Lawson). If you don’t know who Ann is, you really got to visit her blog. It’s so full of wonderful recipes. You are going to drool over all the pictures for sure, like me…..*big grin*. Initially I thought of using her recipe but then without a weighing scale at my daughter’s place, I decided to create my own using measuring cups which I always find it a lot easier. A great relief that it turned out really good. My daughter’s housemate and her mom liked it so much that she also ended up making!…..*big smiles*.

Ok, I think I better get going. I hope you have fun reading my baking and cooking adventure. But it would be more fun if you start blogging about your cooking and baking adventure too if you haven’t. Blogging is such an awesome hobby. You don’t believe me? Try it out yourself. It can be addictive! Best of all, your family gets to enjoy good food. As for me, I have happy ‘guinea pigs’ at home……*big grin*. I have learned and achieved SO much ever since I started blogging. It’s so motivating by itself! It does keep me learning and smiling……..*BIG smiles*.

Til then, see you in my next post. Oh, it’s Friday again! Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

I love this quote here below. I love to keep learning and that’s really because I’m always curious about life and the things around. There’s such a sense of utter satisfaction when you learned or achieved something, no matter how insignificant it may be because it adds value to your own life. That makes life so exciting!

Quote of the day……

“You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.”

Clay P. Bedford

Keep Learning Keep Smiling

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Mich Piece of Cake  on August 23rd, 2013

These bars look delicious and healthy! I am looking for a healthy recipe, thanks for sharing.

suituapui  on August 23rd, 2013

Not into those bars - never tried before. Of course, homemade would be best!

Belinda @zomppa  on August 23rd, 2013

Homemade is definitely the way to go!!

claire  on August 23rd, 2013

Healthy food again! These healthy food reminded me of something I did.. I bought granula bars for my girl when she first entered college, worried that she didn’t have enough energy during the day! Now no more, she has good company for meals already…

About Sister Act, I like the first one… Love the songs that the sisters sang… esp the song I will Follow Him.. so nice!

Angie@Angie's Recipes  on August 23rd, 2013

Sister Act 2 was fun, but I prefer the Sister Act 1.
These granola bars look divine, Mary.

Juliana  on August 23rd, 2013

These granola bars looks great…very healthy. I yet have to make granola bars…
Have a wonderful weekend Mary :D

Cheng  on August 24th, 2013

My!!! What delicious and nutritional snacks!!!
I’ll definitely try to make it for my family….. ( more
smiles spreading fr yr end to mine!!!)
May I ask what type of oil you use?

Blackswan  on August 25th, 2013

I always see my hubby buying these. I don’t have sweet tooth so I’m not into such stuff, but I’m sure my hubby will drool over these.

Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen  on August 27th, 2013

Oh I love Sister Act 2 and this granola bars just looks delish!

Kumar's Kitchen  on August 28th, 2013

these lovely granola bars are certainly one of the best we have had so far,the toasted sesame top makes us crave for them even more :-)

noobcook  on August 28th, 2013

truly a healthy and delicious treat!

Mistletoe  on August 29th, 2013

I used to use measuring cup to measure my food too before I finally bought a cheap scale. Haha. G thought I was crazy to use a measuring cup. Welcome to the crazy club. :P Lol.
Love that quote also! Hope you’re doing well. Long time no talk. Miss ya!

Katerina  on August 30th, 2013

Such delicious and healthy granola bars!

Jenny  on August 30th, 2013

New to your site and love your simple & easy recipes. May I ask which flour is good to substitute for spelt flour? Thanks

Cheah@No-Frills Recipes  on August 31st, 2013

Mary, these are real yummy!

Von  on September 3rd, 2013

haha…sister act 2 was on tv the other night!! I haven’t watched the second one before, only the first one (which I loved!). I’ve never had granola bars before…..muesli bars are my bar of choice but I’m guessing these are similar? Yours look great!

MyKitchenOdyssey  on November 24th, 2013

These are very simple and super nutritious.Love to have them every time when i am hungry .

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