Healthy Snack Ideas: Homemade Granola Bars

Healthy Snack Ideas: Homemade Granola Bars

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Any time of the day you may suddenly get this unreasonable food craving!
And if you hold it too much it’ll only get worse.

We suggest to define the notion of “healthy snack” and stick to several snacks that won’t give you too much trouble in terms of gaining unwanted weight!

So, what makes a healthy snack healthy?

Snacks are an important part of your daily nutrition — they help provide you with enough fuel to perform at your best.

However, a lot of snacks can be high in saturated fat, sugar and salt, and offer little nutritional value. Don’t let your snacks derail your progress towards your health and fitness goals!

It might be helpful to think of your morning snacks as a way to meet your daily nutritional needs — adding an extra serving of fruit, vegetables or grains.

It’s also a good idea to try and choose snacks that won’t leave you hungry. To feel satisfied, you should aim to eat afternoon or mid-morning snacks that have a good mix of macronutrients: carbohydrates, protein and good fats.

Here is an idea to try:

Homemade Granola Bars

Store bought granola bars can be full of sugar and nasty additives, so why not make your own! And it takes just five minutes!


  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • ½ cup raisins or dried cranberries
  • 30g nuts of your choice, chopped
  • ½ orange, juiced
  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ⅛ tsp salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 165°C (325°F) and line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Place the oats, coconut, cranberries/raisins, nuts and orange juice in a medium bowl and mix until well combined. Transfer the oat mix to the prepared baking tray and toast for 10 minutes or until the mix is brown and lightly toasted.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the honey, almond butter, vanilla extract and salt in a medium saucepan over low heat, stirring continuously.
  4. Once smooth and heated through, place the honey mixture into the medium bowl. Add the oat mixture and stir until well combined.
  5. Lightly spray a square baking dish with cooking spray and pour in the granola mixture. Press on the mixture with the back of a spoon to ensure that it is spread evenly within the dish.
  6. Bake in the oven for approximately 15 minutes if you’re after crunchier granola bars or less if you prefer them to be a little chewier! Once cooked, allow the granola mix to completely cool before cutting into squares.
  7. Enjoy and store remaining granola bars in an airtight container.

P.S. Feel free to alter the recipe and share your experience with us (! You can make it even healthier by reducing the amount of honey.


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