I have recently been looking through healthy food blogs to come up with snacks for Sweet Man, who isn’t really fond of our health food kick. While we feel much better and are enjoying the new recipes, our grocery bill is suffering, becuase believe it our not it is cheaper to eat copious amounts of junk than 1500 calories in health food a day; go America. He enjoys granola bars but they cost a lot and usually have many ingredients I cannot pronounce, along with the much dreaded high fructose corn syrup. So, I browsed through many online recipes to come up with a formula that I think we can use for many different variations on a basic theme. Most of the “healthy” recipes that I found added brown sugar or a cup of honey, but I find that you don’t need that much if you like chewy bars like we do. For different flavor omit the peanut butter and add your favorite dried fruit and nuts with a teaspoon of vanilla and cinnamon. We have tried dried cranberry and cashew using 1/2 cup of the cranberries and Sweet Man could have eaten them all in a day if I had allowed it!
Healthy Delicious Peanut Butter Granola bars
1/4 cup flax seed
2 cups oats
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup agave nectar or honey
1 cup peanuts
1 cup peanut butter
Mix all ingredients pour into parchment paper lined 8×8 inch pan. Bake in 335 oven for 20 minutes and let cool before cutting. Cut into 6 squares.