Honey Walnut Granola Bars

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Recently, my family has been so busy we haven’t had time for much grocery shopping. Everyone has just been pulling together meals out of all the odds and ends in our fridge. Unfortunately, this business and lack of food have made it difficult for me to create new recipes. However, as necessity is the mother of invention, I’ve been trying to use the ingredients around the house to make foods I normally get at the grocery store.

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Normally, my pantry is stocked full of granola bars (Larabars, Kind bars, and RX bars are some of my favorites), but recently our supply has been in the low to nonexistent range. Yesterday I got home from school with one mission in mind: fix the granola bar stash. So with oats, nuts, and a little ingenuity, I set out to make a Larabar-esque creation of my own.

This bar satisfied my cravings (and my infamous sweet tooth) perfectly, even with only 2 grams of sugar per bar! Im so obsessed, I might not even buy granola bars on my next grocery store trip (which will hopefully be soon).

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Honey Walnut Granola Bars

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 tbsp honey (use agave to make vegan)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3-4 tbsp water

Directions:

  1. Combine oats, 1/2 cup walnuts, coconut flakes, honey, and coconut oil in food processor.
  2. Pulse until a fine crumb is formed.
  3. Scrape down sides of food processor, then pulse again, adding 1 tbsp of water at a time until the dough becomes sticky.
  4. Once the dough is thick and sticky, place it in a 8×8 baking pan lined with parchment paper. The dough only filled up 2/3 of my pan, but you could fill the whole pan if you want thinner bars.
  5. Place in the refrigerator to chill for at least an hour.

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