Well, somewhat healthy.
My sister introduced to me this Nature Valley Oats and Honey bar awhile back and we just recently finished our stash. Rather than running out to the nearest supermarket, I attempted to make my own version.
Be warned, your arms are in for a big work out. Or maybe I am just unfit. :)
Homemade Granola Bars
adapted from Delectably Mine
6 cups rolled oats
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups of nuts (I used raw almonds and macadamia)
1/4 cup honey + 1/2 cup golden syrup (or 3/4 cup honey)
3/4 cup brown sugar (packed)
tsp vanilla essence
- Preheat the oven to 180˚C.
- Line a 18 x 13 inch baking tray with baking paper.
- In a large bowl, combine the oats, salt and vegetable oil. Toss it using a wooden spoon, ensuring that all of the oats have been coated with the oil.
- Transfer to the baking tray and spread it out evenly. Place the tray in the oven and toast the oats for about 25 minutes or until it turns golden. At every 10 minute interval, toss the oats to ensure that it does not burn.
- While the oats are toasting, place the almond and macadamia nuts in a frying pan and toast it slightly.
- Transfer the toasted nuts into a food processor and process it until coarsely chopped. (You can use a knife to do this as well)
- Transfer the nuts into the same bowl that held the oats.
- Once the oats are golden, take it out of the oven and combine it with the nuts. Turn the oven temperature down to 150˚C.
- Place the brown sugar, honey and golden syrup in a saucepan and heat it gently. Make sure that you constantly stir it or the sugar will burn. Once all the sugar has been melted, pour in the vanilla essence.
- Pour the syrup over the oats in three portions. Toss the oats with the syrup each time. This is to ensure that all the oats will be coated by the syrup.
- Using the same baking tray as before, pour the mixture back onto the tray. Press the mixture down with the back of the spoon, making sure that it is really compact.
- Place the tray in the oven and bake for about 40 minutes.
- Once the granola has turned golden brown, take it out of the oven and let it cool for about 10-15 minutes.
- Once it is slightly cooled, use a knife to cut the granola into bars. Make sure that you do this before the 15 minutes is up or it will be very difficult to cut the granola.
- Let it cool completely.
It looks like there are a lot of things to do, but there really isn't! I am just trying to be thorough here so that you won't stumble across the problems I had.
I will promise you though that you are going to enjoy this yummy homemade granola bars!