I try to pack my lunch most days, but no matter what I pack, I always crave a little something sweet around 3pm. Those mid-afternoon snack cravings are easily quelled by a tiny piece of candy, but a healthier treat helps me survive AND gives me the energy to make it to the gym after work. This week I'm packing homemade granola bars. They were a huge hit with Neal, and since I made them myself, they don't contain any funky preservatives or ingredients.
What You'll Need:
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/2 cup olive oil
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
1/2 cup pepitas
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup unsweetened flaked or shredded coconut
- Line a baking sheet or 13X9 in pan with foil and preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
- Whisk the maple syrup, light brown sugar, and kosher salt together. Once the sugar is dissolved, stir in the olive oil.
- Add the oats, pecans, pipettes, sunflower seeds, and coconut to the mixture.
- Spread the granola on the pan (pressing it flat) and bake it for about 45 minutes.
- Remove the granola from the oven and let it cool in the pan for 10 minutes.
- Slice the granola into bars and let them cool in the pan for another hour.
- Using the foil, lift the mars out of the pan and transfer them to a cutting board. Carefully recut the bars following the original cuts.
- Granola bars can be stored at room temp for up to 1 week. Enjoy!