With a peanut allergic little peanut in the house, buying granola bars is just out of the question. Even the nut-free kinds are usually made in the same factories with the nut ones, which is a big no-no when you have a munchin as allergic as ours is. But even setting the allergy thing aside, store bought granola bars are so full of artificial junk, they aren’t worth it anyway. Especially when you can whip up a batch of these delicious granola bars super fast, and for so much cheaper!
I love to make these to have on hand for road trips, fast and easy snacks, or for anytime we will need food on the go and won’t have access to a fridge. Let’s be honest, I love to have these on hand all the time, just because they are super yummy!
The inspiration for this recipe came from this one right here, and then I cleaned it up and changed a whole bunch of stuff. Give them a try and let me know what you think!
As a side note, I love to use SunButter in these. There is a weird chemical reaction that can occur when you use SunButter together with baking soda. There really isn’t enough baking soda in these for it to happen, but if you ever happen to see dark, forest green spots in the granola bars, they aren’t going bad! Just a weird chemical reaction. It won’t hurt you, and it’s actually pretty fun to do this on purpose to cookies around St. Paddy’s Day. You could, of course, use peanut butter or another nut butter instead.
Quick tip: I like to use a pizza cutter to cut these, makes it fast and easy!
- 1-1/3 cup butter, plus a little more soft butter to butter the pan
- 1 cup honey
- ½ cup SunButter
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 9 cups rolled oats
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 2 tsp baking soda
- ¼ cup ground flaxseed
- 1 cup chocolate chips, raisins, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, nuts, or other yummies
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and butter a sheet cake pan.
- Melt butter and honey together in a pan on the stove. Once almost melted, add SunButter and stir just until SunButter is melted. Remove from heat and add vanilla.
- While butter and honey are melting, combine remaining ingredients except chocolate chips (or alternate yumminess) in a very large bowl.
- Combine melted ingredients with the dry and mix well. Then add chocolate chips and stir well again.
- Pour into sheet cake pan. Press the mixture down into the pan.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes.
- Allow to cool before cutting into bars. I like to wrap them in plastic wrap or waxed paper, then store in an airtight container until I'm ready to use them.
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