Go easy on the cheese whiz and Oreos. Yeah, you’re bound to burn it off on that 7-mile training run, but eating junk can hold you back from performing to your full potential. Here’s a recipe for healthy, tasty granola bars that are not time-intensive to prepare and are great to take along on rides, munch on after a swim workout, or simply enjoy with coffee.
Empty-out-the-pantry granola bars
Whether it’s the last of the dried fruit, the broken pretzels at the bottom of the bag, or the last of the coconut flakes you bought 4 months ago (delicious in icing on homemade carrot cake!), everything is welcome in these delicious granola bars.
There are only two main rules you need to know:
1 – You must use parchment paper.
2 – You must use brown rice syrup (Hint: don’t even pretend to search for it at the grocery store – go straight to customer service, and they will point you in the direction of this jar of gold.)
Failure to follow the rules will lead to disappointment. Trust me.
This is really easy. Preheat the oven to 350. Mix these ingredients, in this order, in one large bowl.
- 1 and ½ cups oats (I’ve used old-fashioned and quick-cooking and both were great)
- ½ cup nuts (your choice)
- ½ cup dried fruit (or more nuts if you don’t like dried fruit)
- ½ cup something else (crushed pretzels, chocolate chips, leftover cereal, coconut, etc)
- pinch of salt
- ¼ cup protein powder (optional)
- 1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
- ½ cup brown rice syrup
Give it a good stir. In the meantime, line a baking dish (9” x 13” works well) with parchment paper. Pour the delicious mixture into the dish and firmly press it down (like you’re making rice crispy treats). Bake for 20-25 minutes. Let the sheet of bars cool for 2 hours in the dish (this way they keep their shape). Cut with a sharp knife and enjoy! They keep well in a sealed container for 2 weeks.