There is such a feeling of accomplishment when you make something homemade that you never envisioned yourself making. (Homemade bread, pasta sauce, noodles, etc.)
There was a time in my life where I would have said, "Who has time to make their own granola bars?" or "Why would you make your own granola bars, the ones at the store are just as good and SO cheap?"
During our triathlon a few years ago, a friend of mine made these granola bars. I absolutely fell in love! I was shocked at how different they taste from anything at the grocery store. It was as sweet as a cookie, but yet gave me fuel like an energy bar.
Needless to say, I asked for the recipe and she GLADLY shared, thanks Sandra!
My husband is a huge fan of these granola bars too. We ALWAYS have some of these in the freezer as a quick and healthy snack. He likes to grab one in the morning for his lunchbox and eat it about an hour later when it is partially thawed. I like them straight out the freezer. I guess to each their own!
We might not agree on the best way to eat them, but we definitely agree that they are delicious!
Ingredients for Granola Bars
As you can see, most of these ingredients you probably already have in your house.
I had a hard time finding where the wheat germ was at our local grocery store and had to ask an employee. Don't worry, you don't have to include this!
There are a couple of items I buy at Costco in bulk because they are such a good deal. But, all of these should be at your local store.
Buying honey in bulk has been very cost effective. I normally do just use this big container, but you could easily refill a smaller bottle if that is easier for you. I found that Costco runs really good deals on Craisins and honey, so I normally stock up when I go a couple of times throughout the year.
You don't have to use Craisins, any dried fruit would work. My husband and I own a blueberry farm (go check it out here- www.sunriseharvestfarms.com), so we have dried blueberries on hand. We do really like that flavor combo with a few Craisins too.
This recipe could not be easier to make. Put all ingredients into a bowl and mix them up! You can pat them into a sheet pan to make granola bars. Put them in the freezer for about an hour & then cut them into your desired size. Wrap each one in plastic wrap or a snack baggie (this is easier and faster).
Something I recently discovered was that you don't have to make them into actual granola bars. Uh, duh Jenna! I don't know why it took me so long to figure it out, but you can just form them into little bites and call them "granola bar bites". I think that these are a little easier to make and store, but we still love the bars too. That is the beauty of it, make it your own!
Storing the Granola Bars
Keep them in the fridge or freezer, sealed tightly. If you made them into bars, make sure to individually wrap each one so they don't dry out.
Because this batch is so big, we like to store a few in the fridge to eat fresh within 1-2 weeks and then stick the others in the freezer. We actually REALLY like eating them frozen, maybe even better than fresh!