Hey there. I’m sorry it’s been a while. But when the house you’re subletting for the summer has a communal kitchen that remains perpetually dirty, is full of empty beer cans, and smells like weed, you don’t really get around to baking too often. Plus, I’m in Washington DC for the summer, which means there are way more cool things to be doing in my free time. Like my first ever major league baseball game (!)
Which is how these crazy simple granola bars came about. Everything just gets thrown together until it all starts to stick. Press your mixture into a pan. Chill in the refrigerator. Slice, serve, and eat two bars at a time. Obviously.
These bars are made up of some pretty basic components: whole grains, healthy fats, and natural sweeteners. I opted for a combination of oats and quinoa flakes as a base, as well as sunflower seeds and almond butter. But feel free to mix things up— any nut or seed butter will do, and dried fruits or other mix-ins are always welcome (throw in some chopped chocolate… you know you want to).
While they stick together quite nicely, these aren’t the sturdiest of bars. Throw them in a bag at the beginning of the day for a snack later on, and you’re likely to be left with a plastic bag full of smushed granola pieces (equally delicious, but still). So keep that in mind.
As far as granola bars go, these are just about the most simple to prepare that you’re going to find. I mean honestly, they don’t even require an oven! And I haven’t really run any official price comparison or anything, but I’d be willing to guess they’re a lot cheaper than any store-bought variety as well (tip: use the bulk bin to save $$$… it’s ridiculously awesome).
Oh, and did I mention they’re delicious? Because they’re really, really delicious.