Grab & Go Granola Bars

Friday, December 20, 2013

I know y'all may be wondering why I'm giving you a sweet when it's time for a savory.  Well, with all the rush and hustle to get ready for the holiday  I thought it would be a good idea to share something to treat and take care of our bodies.  If you're at all like me you're starting to feel a little run down about this time.  Making it through the Holiday season can be hard on you.  Our days are maxed out with shopping, parties, and friends and family .  Eventually it takes its toll.  When I start to feel a little rough around the edges I become mindful of how I refuel.  Luckily this granola recipe is a quick and healthy fix for you and your loved ones.  


I know that y'all are busy doing your last minute shopping, wrapping presents, baking, attending parties... the list could go on and on.  Well these yummy granola bars take just minutes to make.  20 minutes and you're done!


These babies are chocked full of heart healthy magnesium, zinc for immune support, vitamin C & E, antioxidants and fiber.  Made with steel cut oats these bars will satisfy your hunger and give a great boost of energy.  Did I mention that they taste freakin fantastic!  Dare I say... ~Fantabulous~!  


I used a local organic honey to ensure we get the full benefits.  Honey is a miracle food that does so much for our bodies.  Buying local and organic can help you build resistance to allergens in your area.


I used parchment paper to individually wrap bars and store them in a zip-lock bag.  This way Bubba and I can Grab & Go.  These worked great in my care packages for loved ones this Christmas.  Wrapped in parchment and vacuum packed they shipped like a champ.  This is a great idea if you want to make large batches or store for a longer period. 


I know y'all are busy, but take 20 minutes and treat yourself to some sweet nutrition.  



Grab & Go Granola Bars

Ingredients

1 cup crushed pecans
1 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup flaxseeds
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
2/3 cup dark brown sugar (can substitute with muscovado)
1/2 cup honey
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups puffed rice cereal
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Instructions

Preheat over to 350°.  Line a baking dish with parchment paper.  In a large bowl mix together pecans, oats, pumpkin seeds and flaxseeds.  Spread mixture onto parchment paper and bake until fragrant - about 8 minutes. Transfer the mixture back to the large bowl.

In a medium sauce pan combine sugar, butter, honey and salt.  Slowly bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently.  Simmer until sugar has dissolved and a light brown caramel forms - about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

Drizzle caramel all over oat-and-nut mixture.  Stir in puffed rice and cranberries and mix until evenly coated.

Line an 8 inch baking dish with parchment paper, extending the paper over the sides.  Scrape cereal mixture into dish in an even layer.  Cover the mixture with a second sheet of parchment paper and press down to compress the mixture.  Let it stand for 2 hours or until firm.

Using the overhanging parchment paper, lift out the cereal square and transfer it to your counter top or work surface.  Cut into bars and wrap individually in parchment squares.  Store in zip-lock bag or container.



12 comments:

  1. These sound delicious and your photos tell the same story! I love that you added pecans and cranberries to them. Will definitely have to give these a try soon. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you so much! I love your site and recipe ideas as well. I just made another batch of these this past weekend for early morning snacks for the week. We can't get enough of them. Hope you enjoy and thanks for stopping by~

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  3. Yum! It's always nice to avoid processed foods whenever possible and this gives all of us another alternative!

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    1. Thanks Jennifer! Kicking processed foods is exactly why I make these. I've been 1 year process free and I love it. These are so quick and easy to make. Plus there is plenty of room to customize the recipe.

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  4. Yum! These look delicious, I'm pinning them to remember to try this recipe out! Thanks for sharing!

    XOXO Kristy @3 Peppers Recipes - Cooking Crafts and Color

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    1. Thanks Kristy! I promise you'll love them. Just throw in your favorite dried fruit and nuts to create your absolute favorite bar.

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  5. Love this recipe and the grab & go idea! Pinning for later. Newest follower from The All Things Thursday Blog Hop!

    -Amy
    http://www.thestitchinmommy.com/

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  6. I really like the pumpkin seeds and cranberry in this granola. And the packaging is so simple and so pretty. I'm featuring you tomorrow on Gingerly Made! Thanks for linking up.

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  7. Thank you so much Ginger! I hope everyone enjoys them!

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  8. Thank you so much for this recipe! I live overseas where healthy snack options are a challenge to find, and with a few tweaks of what we have available here, this was really great! Made them for a group that was coming over, and everyone thought they were wonderful! Even my husband who is usually a bit of a critic of anything labeled "healthy," said they were great!

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    1. This is exactly what I love to hear! I'm so glad they were a hit for you and your family! Thanks so much for sharing Rachel!

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