No-Bake Oats, Honey, and Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

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I’ve never been big on snacks. Except during exam periods of course, when they’re pretty much all that get me through most days. They give me the energy to stay focused at my desk, and cram for another round.

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Usually, I then turn to healthier options than chips or cookies though. Granola bars for example, are one of my go-to options. I love all kinds of them, including store-bought ones, but they usually come with a lot of added sugar and at quite a high price. So when I have a bit of time on my hands, I like to prep a big batch of homemade bars for the week, and snack on that instead. I love how many combinations you can make, they never get boring! For this “Finals week” batch, I went for a cashew-pumpkin seed-chocolate chip version that really hit the spot. So if you’re looking for a little tasty treat to bring you energy, this recipe will make you about 10 delicious bars. Bon appétit!

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Total time: 10 minutes to prep and overnight in the refrigerator

Ingredientsfor about 10 bars

  • 2 cups oats (old fashioned or quick)
  • 1 cup roughly chopped nuts (I used pumpkin seeds and cashews)
  • a handful of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla (optional)
  • a pinch of sea salt

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, mix the oats and chopped nuts & seeds together.
  2. In a pan, melt the butter with the honey and the maple syrup. When the mixture starts to bubble, keep stirring for about 3-4 minutes. The “syrup” will start looking like caramel.
  3. Add the “syrup” to the oats right away, and toss well to coat them evenly.
  4. Add in the chocolate chips, vanilla, and the pinch of salt.
  5. Press the sticky oats mixture in a baking sheet, lined with parchment paper. Make sure that you press very tightly, as this will prevent the bars from crumbling when you cut them later on. Set aside overnight in the refrigerator before cutting them. I also like to keep the bars in the refrigerator after they’re cut, so that they stay fresh, and keep a prefect balance between chewy and crunchy. Enjoy!

TIP: You can use whatever combination of nuts and seeds you prefer, and also add dried fruit if you like that!

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