No-Bake Homemade Granola Bars

Valentine’s Day is all about making snacks that’ll make someone’s heart skip a beat and nothing says “I love you” quite like a batch of homemade granola bars. You’re probably shaking your head at this point, but hear me out. Store-bought granola is commonly loaded with sugar and calories. By making your own bars at home, you ensure a healthy treat by controlling what goes into your snack. It’s so freaking easy—just heat up the oils, nut spreads, and sweeteners, then add the dry ingredients, press into a baking dish and let it cool. Boom. Done.

Warning: after one nibble, you and your loved ones will get bitten by the love crunch. Chewy bars will never compare.

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Ingredients:

  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 2 ½ cups organic rolled oats
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup cacao nibs

Directions:

  1. In a medium pot, melt peanut butter, almond butter, honey, and coconut oil over medium-low heat, stirring until smooth.
  2. Remove from stove and stir in oats and coconut.
  3. Pour mixture into a square or rectangular baking dish. Spread into an even layer and sprinkle with mini chocolate chips, and firmly press down the mixture with the back of a spatula or clean hands.
  4. Refrigerate for 2 hours, or until firm.
  5. Slice into squares or bars and remove from pan. Keep the granola bars in the refrigerator, stored in an airtight container with wax paper, or individually wrapped in plastic wrap.

Variations:

  • You can substitute almost anything like chopped nuts, seeds, raisins, and/or dried fruit for the coconut, or add them additionally.
  • For a chocolate flavored granola bar, you may stir chocolate chips into the oat mixture, where they will partially or completely melt.
  • Don’t feel limited to peanut and almond butters, any nut spread will do.

Adapted from fivehearthome.com

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