I’m not sure there’s anyone (ok, I know that’s an exaggeration but work with me here) who hasn’t had a Nature’s Valley granola bar – they were one of my go-to snacks as a kid. It’s such a nice combination – the honey and oats, delicious! With all of that said, though, there’s absolutely no reason you can’t be making a very similar version at home that’s so much healthier, cheaper and so darn easy to do.
The recipe here is a very basic one – only four ingredients and nearly impossible to mess up. If you are like me, although honey and oats is a perfect combination, I LOVE to add in additional ingredients to change up the taste and texture and keep things interesting. I would recommend starting with the basic recipe and then adjust as you see fit over time and dependent on the occasion!
Here’s how you make them (8 bars):
- Preheat the oven to 180C/375F
- Mix together 3 cups oats, 1.5 cups unsweetened almond milk, 2 tbsp chia seeds and 4 tbsp honey – stir well to combine
- Pour into a 9×9 baking pan (greased, if your pan requires)
- Bake for 25 minutes
- Once out of the oven, drizzle with a little extra honey (about 1/2 tbsp)
- LET COOL (this is very important) for at least 30 minutes before slicing into 8 bars
Things to note:
- These bars won’t have the traditional “crunch” of the ones you are used to, but I think you’ll love the chewy texture instead!
- You could easily dice up the bars into small pieces and use as part of a yogurt parfait
Ingredients (basic recipe):
- 3 cups porridge oats
- 1.5 cups unsweetened almond milk (or milk of your choice)
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 4 tbsp honey + extra for drizzling
Here are some of my favorite mix-ins to change up the “basic” recipe:
- Cinnamon & raisins
- Peanut butter (or any nut butter)
- Coconut milk (in place of the almond milk) + shredded coconut
- Chopped nuts
- Sliced strawberries and/or bananas (on top, before baking)
I hope these become one of those things you make all the time – they are just so easy and you probably already have all the ingredients on hand if you are a chia seed fan like I am. I’d love to hear about your favorite combinations so I can try them out!