Homemade! Organic Granola Bars and Bites.

There are a few things that I never considered making from scratch, granola bars being one of them. With the stupid supply on every grocery store, gas station, pharmacy, and coffee shop shelf I really never looked at granola bars as anything but that grab and go, eat but never really taste it because you’ve had so many, snack. Well, Nature Valley, you’ve got nothing on me anymore!!

Thanks to the wonderful inspiration from a great blog, Sweet Pea’s Kitchen , I recently baked up my first batch of organic granola bars and bites. Taking her recipe and spicing it up a little bit (literally), I not only made my bars organic, and relatively unprocessed, but I also kicked up the mix of flavors! What I hate about granola bars is their lack of taste, so If I was going to take the leap to make my own, I couldn’t continue to perpetuate that issue.

What resulted? Well take a peek…

Print it and Bake it!

I decided to enlist the help of some of the best tastes I know. Sweet and Salty. If those are not in your top three favorite flavors, please comment and let me know what I’m missing.

Now introducing…

Marshmallow Oreo Peanut Butter Granola Bars

and

Pumpkin Spice Almond Granola Bites.

 

My favorite organic oreos are either, Newman O's or Trader Joe's: Joe Joes.

 

Using toasted almond pieces gives you the best almond flavors.

 

The best part about this recipe are the layers!

 

Salty and Sweet!

 

The makings of the Pumpkin Spice Almond Bites.

 

Organic Homemade Granola Bars and Bites

Yields about 16 bars or a medium bowl full of bites

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees

Prepare a 9×9 inch pan with butter and parchment paper (allowing overhang)


Ingredients

Marshmallow Oreo Peanut Butter Granola Bars

2 cups old fashioned rolled oats

1 cup crushed organic Oreo crumbs

½ cup all purpose flour

½ teaspoon salt

½  teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces

¼ cup light brown sugar

¼ cup pure maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

½ cup all-natural peanut butter

1 cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips

2 cups mini marshmallows

Ingredients

Pumpkin Spice Almond Granola Bites

2 cups old fashioned rolled oats

1 cup crushed Kashi 7 Whole Grain Flakes (¼ – ½ a box)

½ cup whole wheat flour

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 ½ teaspoons “pumpkin pie spices” mix

½ teaspoon nutmeg

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces

½ cup light brown sugar

½ cup pure maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips

¾ cup toasted crushed whole almond pieces

¼ cup honey

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Make sure your pan is prepped and ready to go.

 

Begin by toasting up your oats in the oven for about10 to 12 minutes, only opening the oven about halfway through to toss the mixture up.

As the oats are in the oven, prepare your crumbs.

  • For the Oreo Bars – take at least 10 Oreos (I love to use Newman-Os, you can find them at any grocery store or organic market) and place them in a freezer bag. Using any heavy kitchen item, smash them into fine pieces.
  • For the Pumpkin Bites – fill a freezer bag about ¾ of the way full of the Kashi flakes and smash the mixture with your hands or a heavy kitchen item.

Remove the oats from the oven, you should smell that delicious toasty smell, and place them in a large bowl. Combine together the oats, and the proper measurements of flour, Oreo/cereal crumbs, salt, and the appropriate spices for your choice recipe.

  • For the Oreo Bars – ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • For the Pumpkin Bites – 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 2 ½ teaspoons pumpkin pie spices, ½ teaspoon nutmeg

Set that mixture aside and in a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine and bring to a boil the chunks of butter, brown sugar, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Continue to stir for another minute or so and then pour this into the bowl of either of your oatmeal mixtures. Make sure everything is coated!

At this point you want to work fast so that the mixture does not harden on you.

Split the oatmeal mixture in half and press one half of the mixture evenly into the bottom of the 9×9 inch pan. If it is sticking to your fingers, use a bit of parchment paper. Give this a few minutes to cool before you proceed.

Then depending on the recipe you want to prepare coat cover the oatmeal layer

  • For the Oreo Bars – Evenly cover the layer with the chocolate chips, marshmallows, and the peanut butter (you can microwave it for a few seconds to make it easier to sprinkle atop).
  • For the Pumpkin Bites – Evenly cover the layer with the chocolate chips, almonds, and the honey

The last step is to place the rest of the oat mixture atop, evenly, as the third layer!

Bake 15 minutes, or until light golden brown. I really don’t recommend leaving them in the oven for any longer than 18 minutes (otherwise they will probably break your teeth). Take the pan out of the oven and let the bars fully cool before using the parchment edges to pull them out of the pan.

Cut into squares or break into bites and enjoy!

 

 

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