DIY Healthy Granola Bars and Energy Bars

These recipes make tasty and healthy granola bars that are easy to make and pack.

They are great for travelling and taking on outdoor activities when you need a quick bite. The best thing is that you can change up the recipes to suit your taste or accommodate what you have on hand in the pantry.

The down side is that they have a little too much fat for some diets. If you are watching your fat and/or calorie intake, try substituting applesauce or a banana for up to half the oil. One of my favourite adjustments is adding concentrated lemon juice instead of vanilla and dried cranberries for the raisins. Yum.

 peanut butter granola bars

Peanut Butter Cranberry Go-Bars

Bird Seed Energy Bar

These bars are full of crunchy seeds, wheat germ, and rolled oats for fiber, and protein. Since they keep in the freezer for months, I love to grab them straight from the freezer and pack them for snacks on the ski hill.

No-bake Granola Bars

Easy to make and taste great, they even freeze well. Substituting natural peanut butter and honey (for the corn syrup) can make these bars even better for you!

Peanut Butter Cranberry Go-Bars 

Loaded with good-for-you ingredients, these not-too-sweet bars still taste like a treat, and they’ll withstand cold, heat, and being stuffed in a backpack or pocket. Natural peanut butters vary from brand to brand in terms of spreadability; we prefer Laura Scudder’s Old Fashioned Nutty Peanut Butter, because it makes a moister, chewier bar.



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