Simply customisable, delicious and wholesome is how granola bars can be best described!
Granola bar is the perfect healthy snack option. Not only does this portable snack keeps you full for hours but also saves you from a sugar overload. Moreover, they pack in plenty of healthy fats from the nuts, and lots of fiber from the oats. This is a versatile bar full of healthfulness which can be served as breakfast, afternoon and mid-morning snack and can help you save from untimely hunger pangs even when you are on the go in hurry.
Always choose a bar that adds value to your diet, contributing protein, fiber, whole grains, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals. Refrain from adding too much sugar or sugar alternatives.
Let’s dive in some of the healthy granola bar options:
Cinnamon nut and seed crunchy bar
Ingredients: Oats, roasted almonds, dates, cinnamon, sesame seeds
Healthy cranberry munchie
Ingredients: Wheat flakes, dried cranberries, jaggery, sunflower seeds, walnuts
Dark chocolate nutty crunchie
Ingredients: Coarsely grinded peanuts, almonds, dark chocolate, coconut sugar, oats
Chocolatey fiber bar
Ingredients: Raisins, chocolate chips, vanilla essence, cinnamon, wheat flakes, honey
(You can boil honey for 1 minute to get it in liquid state)
Slightly roast the ingredients which are supposed to be roasted like peanuts, nuts (almonds, walnuts), seeds (sesame seeds) and oats. Add all the ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly and let it set for few minutes at room temperature. Cut it to give shape. Place it in refrigerator for one to two hours.
Note: The method is same for all the granola bars.
Storage and consumption instructions
The homemade granola bar is fit for consumption for one to two weeks. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator. For best results, always take out the bar before 15-20 minutes of having it from refrigerator.
Easy to pack and carry, these snack bars are easier to have and more palatable. Dates, coconut sugar, jaggery, honey, and others are some of the healthy alternatives which you can use as a substitute to sugar in bars. Certain benefits which granola bar has are as follows:
- High in fiber
- Improves blood pressure
- Reduces blood sugar
- High protein
- Contributes to fullness and satiety
- Reduces cholesterol level
- Better gut health
- Provides many antioxidants
Much like trail mix, it provides extra energy and improves endurance activities. This sweet crunchy textured and ideal portable breakfast or snack is easy to prepare and quick. Granola bars can generally last for two to three weeks but it’s better to consume it within the first week of its making. This calorie dense snack holds a good nutritional profile, fit for every age and at all times. Enjoy the goodness of this homemade nutritious and filling cereal bar!