We all grew up on those Quaker chewy granola bars that our parents put into our lunch bags each day for lunch or snack, and I was the BIGGEST fan of them! My brother and I were big fans of the peanut butter and chocolate chips ones especially...so I bring you my cleaner, healthier, and much more satisfying version!
These bars are best when kept in the fridge because they are made with real ingredients and real ingredients need to be temperature controlled. Most of the items you can find in your pantry, but for some items ( some nuts or seeds) ALWAYS go to your local grocery store and use the bulk section. Nuts and seeds can be so expensive and honestly for a long time I never wanted to buy them because I never wanted to spend that much from my grocery budget for them. The bulk section allows you to monitor how much you are buying and also per pound the price is cheaper...and we ALL love a good deal!!
1 cups of old fashioned oats
1/4 cup chia seeds
2 tablespoons of flaxseed
1/2 cup of honey
3 tablespoons of maple syrup
2 tablespoons of coconut oil
1/2 cup of almonds
1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup of cashews
1/2 cup of chocolate chips( total optional but really who wouldn't want them in their chewy bars!?)
1. Take your maple syrup, honey, and coconut oil and melt over the stove top until boiling.
2. In a large bowl combine your chia seeds, flaxseed oats, and pumpkin seeds.
3. In a plastic bag throw in your almonds and cashew and curse them up into smaller pieces then throw them into the bowl as well.
4. Pour your hot liquid over your dry ingredients and mix together until totally formed. Toss in the chocolate chips and gently fold in.
5. Pace the mixture into a well greased and parchment lined 9x9 pan, pressing down everywhere to ensure a tight bond is going to be formed!
6. Place in the fridge for at least 6 hours but overnight is best!
Cut them up into 24 servings and enjoy!!