If you need a high energy snack, an organic chocolate chip granola bar recipe may be just what you are looking for. With lots of healthy fiber, organic ingredients, and high quality carbs, this portable snack can keep you going on a hike or during afternoon blood sugar drops.
Organic Granola Bars Make Great Snacks
Organic granola bars are great for packing in school lunches, on hiking trips, or just having around the kitchen for when a snack attack hits full force. There are thousands of recipes for the bars on the Internet and they are easy enough to make that there really is no need to buy them.
Just remember that you can make any recipe organic by simply substituting organic ingredients for the conventional ingredients called for in the recipe. You should be able to find most of the ingredients called for at your local health food store, if not at the grocers. You can also check online. Keep your costs down by buying in bulk when you can.
Organic Chocolate Chip Granola Bar Recipe with Honey
The granola bar recipe is sweetened with honey to help your body avoid the crash that can come with white sugar. Be sure to use all organic ingredients to end up with a totally organic product. The number of bars you get out of this will depend on the size you cut them.
- 4 cups of organic quick cooking oats
- 1/3 cup organic, cold pressed sunflower or walnut oil
- 2/3 cup raw honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup organic chocolate chips or carob chips
- 1 cup chopped organic walnuts or pecans
- 1/2 cup organic dried cranberries
- Grease a 13 x 9 pan.
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Toast the oats on an ungreased cookie sheet for 15 minutes, stirring often.
- Cool to room temperature.
- Combine the remaining ingredients in a mixing bowl.
- Add oats.
- Spread in the pan and press down firmly.
- Bake 25 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Cool and cut into bars of the desired size.
No Bake Granola Bars with Chocolate Chunks
This organic chocolate chip granola bar recipe is full of chunks of chocolate and has the added energy and flavor of peanut butter. Best of all, you won't have to bake it.
- 1/4 cup organic peanut butter
- 1/4 cup turbinado sugar
- 1/4 cup raw honey
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 cups organic oats
- 1 cup organic crispy rice type cereal
- 1 cup organic chocolate chunks
- Grease a 13 x 9 inch pan.
- Heat the honey, turbinado, and peanut butter to a boil. Boil for two minutes.
- Remove from heat and add the rest of the ingredients, stirring to coat all.
- Press firmly into the prepared pan and cool.
- Cut into bars.
Coconut and Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
The addition of organic coconut not only adds flavor to these bars, but it helps to keep them moist and chewy.
- 4 1/2 cups organic rolled oats
- 1 cup organic all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup organic butter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/3 cup organic sugar
- 1 cup organic coconut
- 2 cups organic chocolate chips
- Grease 13x9 inch pan.
- Preheat oven to 325F.
- Mix all ingredients and press into the pan.
- Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Cool for 10 minutes and cut into bars.
- Allow to finish cooling completely.
Storing the Homemade Granola Bars
Your homemade granola bars should be fine at room temperature. Keeping them in the refrigerator will cause them to lose some of the crispness. To store them, just cut into bars and wrap tightly in plastic wrap for individual servings. You can also keep them in an airtight, food grade container on the pantry shelf. The bars should keep for up to a week in a cool, dry place.