Granola is a favourite food of many people for very varied reasons. The weight watchers love it because it makes than full for long hours thus preventing them from eating frequently. Aside from the full stomach feeling, a bar of this treat made from a healthy granola recipe contains very few calories. To the health conscious person who is not so particular about the calorie count, this is good food because of the different benefits provided by the nutritious ingredients. To moms who think of their children’s snacks, flavorful granola bars could be great for the school lunch box. Not only being nutritious, this food is easy to prepare and very inexpensive.
There is a suitable granola recipe for any taste bud. Without concern for the calories in every bar, you can overload it with flavorful ingredients. The ease of preparation counts so much if you are a busy person. You can make it with or without baking because there are baked and no bake granola recipes that you can make use of. Moreover, these healthy treats store well so you do not worry about shelf expiration.
The 5-ingredient healthy granola bar recipe
The simplest healthy granola recipe that I have come across requires only five ingredients. You can prepare this anytime without too much fuss because the ingredients could be available in your pantry and you do not have to bake it – so no messy utensils to clean up after.
The base of these granola bars is dates. Then you have the main ingredient which is oats. The remaining three items in this 5-ingredient healthy granola bar recipe are almonds, honey and peanut butter. You can substitute honey for maple syrup. All you have to do is to put all five ingredients in a bowl and mix together until the dry ingredients are well-coated with honey. Press the mixture in a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet. Set in the freezer for a few minutes to harden before you cut into bars.
For more details of this recipe, you can take note of the quantity of each of the ingredients to come up with 10 bars. Dates is one cup, cut into small pieces, 1 ½ cups rolled oats, ¼ cup peanut butter, choose the creamy salty version, 1 cup unsalted chopped almonds and ¼ cup honey.
Nutrition facts in these healthy homemade granola bars
The nutrition facts of a bar of these healthy homemade granola snacks are roughly estimated. The total number of calories is 217. Eating a bar, you will ingest 8 grams of fats, of which only 1 gram is saturated fats, 31 gram carbohydrates, 6 grams protein, 4 grams fiber and 19 grams sugar.
The amount of carbohydrates and sugar in a bar may suffice to provide you energy. You feel full because of the fiber and proteins. This is good for the heart because the saturated fat is at a very low level.
Creativity in this easy granola recipe
This is indeed a very easy granola recipe. Aside from using only very few ingredients, the preparation time is very short. You will have to heat your honey cum peanut butter for 5 minutes. Then mixing all five ingredients and pressing the mixture in a cookie sheet may take 10 minutes. The total time of preparation is 15 minutes. Add a few minutes for the freezing.
You can make modifications with this easy healthy granola recipe. You can do away with peanut butter and replace this with another seed or nut butter. If you want it gluten free, you can use GF oats. And if you want it to be vegan, be sure to use maple syrup and not honey. If you want to add more flavor, add some amount of pumpkin or sunflower seeds, dried fruits and chocolate chips.
These snack bars made from a 5-ingredient healthy granola recipe are sweet and have crunchy texture. Sticking to the basic recipe, you will find how the peanut butter complements the honey to come up with a palatable taste that is very ideal for snack or breakfast. The healthy homemade granola bars are very portable so you can just place one in a zip lock plastic and take the bar to school or office.