Chocolate Peanut Butter and Fig Granola Bars

 

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What’s better than granola bars? Nothing, except maybe two kinds of granola bars. They are by far one of the easiest snacks to make, and they taste really good too! I would also like to hope that they are a bit healthier than your average sweet. You can always cut down on the sugar and add more seeds, nut butters, ect.

 

 

I’m a swimmer, which means I am always looking for an easy snack that will fuel me up before practice. You can whip these up at the beginning of the week, and grab them while you’re headed out the door. They are also highly popular among friends (hint: make enough to share! or… eat all yourself like I did)!

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I decided to make two kinds of granola bars. They both have the basic ingredients of oats and sunflower seeds (with the base peanut butter mixture), but one has figs and the other has almonds and chocolate drizzled on top. I couldn’t tell you which one was better. Partially because that is a very difficult question, but also because I want you to try for yourself!


 

Ingredients: 

2 cups rolled oats
⅓  cup honey
3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
⅓ cup peanut butter (I recommend creamy)
1 tablespoon canola oil
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup sunflower seeds
For chocolate granola bar:
¼ cup chopped roasted almonds
3 ounces melted chocolate
1 teaspoon coconut oil
For fruity granola bar:
¼  cup chopped dried fig


 

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Add the sunflower seeds to oats. Divide the oat mixture in half, and put the mixtures into two separate bowls. In one bowl, add roasted almonds, and in the other add the chopped fig.

2. Combine honey, sugar, peanut butter, canola oil, cinnamon, and put in a pot. Cook on stove over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until bubbles come to the surface (about 4 minutes). Remove from heat and add vanilla extract.

3. Immediately divide the mixture into the two bowls, stirring until well mixed. Press the mixtures into each half of the 9 x 9 inch pan, making sure they are flat.

4. Put the pan in the oven, and bake for about 25 minutes, until oats are toasted.

5. Take out and let cool completely. Take granola out of pan and cut down the center (separating the two flavors of granola). Melt chocolate over heat, and add the coconut oil to make consistency easier to pour. Drizzle over the part of granola with almonds. Cut all granola into pieces of desired size and serve! Granola will keep fresh for up to 2 weeks if kept in a sealed container.