PREP: 15 minutes | COOK: 90 minutes | YIELD: 12 bars

Granola bars are the perfect portable option for on-the-go Eat-Clean Diet followers. This hearty and delicious honey and nut version is perfect for tiding you over during a hike or while doing errands. Best of all, your kids will love them!

WET INGREDIENTS

¼ cup (60 ml) honey

¼ cup (60 ml) Sucanat or other unrefined sugar

2 Tbsp (30 ml) natural nut butter, such as almond, peanut or cashew

2 egg whites

½ tsp (2.5 ml) pure vanilla

½ tsp (2.5 ml) ground cinnamon

¼ tsp (1.25 ml) sea salt

DRY INGREDIENTS

2½ cups (600 ml) old-fashioned rolled oats

½ cup (120 ml) raw almonds, coarsely chopped

¼ cup (60 ml) shelled hemp seeds

Preheat oven to 275°F (135°C). Line a 9 x 9-inch baking pan with parchment paper, allowing a little extra to hang out two of the sides. This will make it easier to lift bars out of the pan.

In a large bowl, whisk together wet ingredients until combined. Stir in dry ingredients until mixed well. Scrape mixture into prepared baking pan and spread it out to the edges, pressing the top down very firmly to compact the mixture. Bake on middle oven rack for about 1 hour, then remove. Holding onto extra parchment, carefully lift partially cooked oat mixture out of pan and place on a cutting board. Using a large chef’s knife, cut oat mixture into 12 bars. Mixture should be firm enough to hold its shape, but soft enough to cut.

Holding onto edges of parchment, carefully transfer bars to a baking sheet. Separate bars so heat can get in between each one, and place them back in oven to bake for another 30 to 45 minutes or until they’re golden brown and firm (bars will continue to harden and get crunchier as they cool). Remove from oven and let cool to room temperature.

KEEP IT FRESH

Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks. These bars make great portable snacks!

MAKE IT GLUTEN FREE!

Just make sure to choose uncontaminated oats.

NUTRITIONAL VALUE PER BAR:

Calories: 154 | Calories from Fat: 55 | Protein: 6 g | Carbs: 19 g | Total Fat: 6 g | Saturated Fat: 0.5 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Fiber: 3 g | Sodium: 23 mg | Cholesterol: 0 mg