I’ve been making this recipe for several months now and have made the mistake, I mean I have graciously, (LOL) been sharing with all my friends and family. I have even sold it at a market that I participated in. My pastor seems to request it every time he sees me too…..
Before making my own granola, I was buying Kind or Larabar bars. Those are really good and have all the ingredients that are healthy for me, but I still felt like I should be making my own. I do keep the Kind bars on hand for a go to quick snack for my diabetic son.
What’s different about this recipe is that it’s no-bake and they taste amazing! You can easily substitute the regular oats for gluten-free oats if you want.
Here’s a few pics of more with my professional look (I love my job!)
No-Bake Granola (and/or bars)
By Wendy Walker
1 ¾ cups of Organic Oats (I buy mine from my Bread Becker’s Co-op or you can buy them HERE)
½ cup of Organic Raw Pumpkin Seeds
½ cup of Organic Raw Almonds
4 tbsp of Organic Hemp Heart Seeds
1/3 cup of Raw Honey
1/3 cup of Organic Coconut Sugar
Pink Himalayan Salt (adjust according to your liking)
1/3 cup of Organic Peanut Butter (optional)
Vanilla extract (just splash, or whatever you like. I use about 2 tsp as I love vanilla)
½ cup of chocolate (you can use chips or just rough chop a block – milk, dark, cacao, etc.) I use THESE.
Soak the almonds overnight in water and add a little salt.
Cut parchment paper to fit a 9×13 or the medium size pampered chef pan.
Toast pumpkin seeds at 250◦ for 20 minutes. Once that is done, chop them real fine along with the flax seeds. I use my pampered chef food chopper.
Combine oats, toasted pumpkin seeds, chia, hemp, almonds in a bowl. In a saucepan, mix honey, sugar and salt. Stir until it comes to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter and vanilla. Pour the mixture over your dry ingredients and mix well.
Let cool for about 10 minutes and then add the chocolate. Spread the mixture on the parchment lined pan and press down. Cover with a towel for a few hours. Cut and enjoy! They make about 12-15 bars. You can also break the pieces up and use it as just granola as a topping for yogurt or pour milk on it and eat like cereal.
I buy my seeds in bulk on either Amazon or at Hoover’s in Altamonte. They are all organic and raw. I’m sure you can find them at Sprout’s or Health Basket if you are local. I figured the cost out to be $1.00 per bar. I’m sure you can get the cost down cheaper if you don’t use organic. You could also bake this, but you receive more health benefits when they are raw and alive!