They’re sweet, chewy, chocolaty, and of course, the best part is peanut buttery! But if you don’t like chocolate and peanut butter (said no one ever), then no need to worry because I’m cooking up variations in my lab/messy kitchen.
Before making the switch to real food, I REALLY liked granola bars.
When we were dating, Cameron would get frustrated when he came over because all I had were jars of peanut butter (yes, plural), cheese and crackers, and granola bars. He always had real food at his house because he actually cooked when he was single. Weird, yet awesome, I know! My mom never thought I would find a guy who would do all the cooking.
Nature Valley’s sweet and salty granola bars were always in my grocery cart. Come to find out, those particular granola bars have had some issues with the labeling on their product. They used to say “100% all natural but people were upset by the high fructose corn syrup and maltodextrin. Now they’re struggling with their new label saying of “100% all natural oats” while they’re oats have too much glyphosphate in it.
Here’s a list of their current ingredients:
Roasted Peanuts, Corn Syrup, Sugar, Whole Grain Oats, Palm Kernel Oil, Rice Flour, Whole Grain Wheat, Vegetable Glycerin, Whey, Peanut Butter (peanuts, salt), Fructose, Canola Oil, Salt, Soy Lecithin, Peanut Flour, Corn Starch, Barley Malt Extract, Honey Roasted Almond Butter (almonds, honey, maltodextrin, palm oil, mixed tocopherols), Baking Soda, Natural Flavor, Vitamin E (mixed tocopherols) Added to Retain Freshness.
I’m so glad that they switched out high fructose corn syrup with regular ol’corn syrup. Not! Don’t forget the canola oil, soy lecithin, and the maltodextrin that’s still in the almond butter. Since when does almond butter have maltodextrin?
Unfortunately, most grab-and-go food (granola being the prime example) is chock full of preservatives, sugar, and other chicanery as you can see. That’s why
It took forever to find a healthy homemade granola bar recipe that worked! The granola came out burnt, fell apart, tasted gross, were so dry I couldn’t swallow them, or didn’t pass The Husband Test (Cameron’s the biggest food critic evah). Fortunately you could just throw the nasty versions into some milk and make some tasty cereal.
Alright here is my perfect (not opinion, FACT) healthy homemade granola bar recipe…. If you like it please share the love and ENJOY!