Homemade Harvest Granola Bars is a favorite snack to make in the fall. So much better and tastier than store-bought counterparts.
Packed with healthy goodies like pumpkin seeds, cranberries, almonds, and raisins… sweetened just enough with honey.
While I often make granola and try to keep it stocked during the fall and winter seasons, I also love to make these quick and easy granola bars for those 3 p.m. afternoon pickups I seem to need!
“The protein, fiber and healthy fat in peanut butter can give you that kick you need to start the day or as a pick-me-up midday,” says Ilyse Schapiro, MS, RD, CDN. “It also helps to keep blood sugar stable, which prevents those crashes later on.”
In addition to an afternoon energy pickup, peanut butter provides amazing health benefits. Here are “16 Things that Happen When You Eat Peanut Butter.”
Granola bars are also a healthy addition to brown bags lunches for school or work.
Easy Homemade Harvest Granola Bars
Packed with healthy goodies like pumpkin seeds, cranberries, almonds, and raisins, they’re sweetened with just the right amount of honey. Perfect for 3 p.m. energy pickups, school or work lunches!
- 2-1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds, roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries, coarsely chopped
- 1/4 cup raisins, coarsely chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment. Spread oats, almonds, and pumpkin seeds on the baking sheet and toast in the oven for 10-12 minutes. Transfer to a mixing bowl. Add cranberries and raisins.
Warm the honey and peanut butter in a saucepan over low heat, stirring until mixed. Add to the bowl with oats and dried fruit. Mix well to evenly coat all the ingredients.
Prepare an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper, allowing the paper to extend over the sides. This will help remove the bars from the pan when finished. Spoon the granola bar mixture into the pan and press the mixture very firmly with the back of a spoon or spatula. Refrigerate the bars for a couple of hours or freeze for 20 minutes.
Once firm, cut into bars or squares.
To store, wrap individual bars or squares with plastic wrap to keep moist and store in the refrigerator.