Since I love Granola, I am excited to share this easy homemade Christmas Granola Bar recipe with you today. These granola bars are perfectly sweetened with agave syrup, they are crunchy, and so easy to make!
Prep Time: 20min Cook Time: 35min Serves: 6Servings Level: Intemediar
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Granola Bars are an essential item for those who love a healthy snack. I would recommend that you include a festive twist when making your December snacks. To do this with homemade granola bars, you can spice them with my delicious Christmas Spice Blend, add orange, cranberries, almonds, seeds, and top with a chocolate glaze. Bake these colorful granola bars in bigger batches, so they can even serve as an edible Christmas gift. My family has been eating these granola bars since the beginning of December, and there's nothing that puts us more in the Christmas mood.
What Ingredients to Use in Your Homemade Granola Bars to Make Them Healthy
Granola is calorie-dense and rich in protein, fiber, and micronutrients. In particular, it may provide iron, magnesium, zinc, copper, selenium, B vitamins, and vitamin E. Here are the ingredients to make your perfect healthy homemade Granola Bars
Flax Seeds - to improve blood pressure. High-fiber ingredients like oats and flax seeds have been shown to help reduce blood pressure.
Oats - to reduce cholesterol levels. Oats are a good source of beta-glucan, a type of fiber that reduces cholesterol levels,
Grain, dried fruits, nuts and seeds - to reduce blood sugar. Whole grains, dried fruit, nuts, and seeds may help reduce and control blood sugar levels, particularly in people with obesity or prediabetes.
Ginger - to improve gut health. Ginger has been found to increase levels of healthy gut bacteria.
Coconut, chia seeds and Brazil nuts - provide many antioxidants. Ingredients such as coconut, chia seeds, and Brazil nuts are good sources of inflammation-fighting antioxidants.
Maple Syrup - protects skin health. Similarly to raw honey, maple syrup can help to lower skin inflammation, redness, blemishes and dryness.
Agave Syrup - can help metabolism. Vitamin B6, found in agave, plays a significant role in how your body breaks down food, particularly proteins and carbohydrates.
Cocoa Powder - improves cholesterol and blood sugar levels and reduces the risk of heart disease.
Christmas Granola Bars
This Christmas Granola Bar recipe is an easy, healthy, vegan, homemade treat. I added my Christmas Spice Blend to create that nostalgic Christmas smell and flavor, and the house smelt like Christmas cookies while I was baking them! There is something special about homemade granola bars. You can make this recipe in less than an hour, and they are made with just a few ingredients to make it a simple, nutritious homemade recipe. It truly is the perfect snack. Really, you can eat it at any time of the day!
Ingredients for Granola Bars
2 cups oats
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup chia seeds
1 cup walnuts
1/2 cup Agave Syrup
1 tbsp Christmas Spice Blend
1 cup Dried Cranberries
1 peeled orange
1/2 cup water
Ingredients for Chocolate Glaze
3 tbsp cacao powder
2 tbsp coconut nectar
2 tbsp coconut oil
1/8 tsp salt
2 tbsp water
Preheat the oven to 160ºC and line two baking trays with baking paper.
Cut the orange into tiny pieces.
Place the oats, sunflower seeds, chia seeds and walnuts into a large bowl.
Add the Christmas Spice Blend, Cranberries, Oranges, Agave Syrup and water to the oat mix and stir well to combine, then use your hands to rub it all together.
Pour the mixture into the baking pan and use the back of a large spoon or spatula to flatten it into one layer.
Bake for 30-35 minutes, then cool for one hour in the pan.
Once the granola bars are fully cooked, slice them into bars. I cut the entire portion in half, then divided each half into six bars for 12 total granola bars.
For Chocolate Glaze, Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl until you reach a smooth, creamy consistency.
Dip or drizzle with extra chocolate on top of the bars
Place back in the refrigerator to let the chocolate set. (About 30 minutes).
Store the bars in an airtight container for up to a week.