I really like snacks.  Real meals are cool too, but snacks are the best part of my day.  In my less frugal days, I stocked up on granola bars and protein bars- I always had a box or two on hand for snack time.  "They're healthy so it's worth it!" I would tell myself as I ignored the $5+ price tag for a box of 6 bars.  

 

But the granola bar urge will never strike again, friends.  I've found a super awesome and delicious recipe that will replace granola bars in your life FOREVER!

 

Replacement Granola Bars

adapted from Peanut Butter Fingers' No Bake Oatmeal Nut Butter Balls

 

Ingredients:

- 1/2 c. nut butter (I use peanut butter here, but you can use any combo of nut butters, chunky or smooth, that you like)

- 1 c. old-fashioned oats (raw)

- 1 T chia seeds (these are not necessary- see below)

- 1/8 c. flour

- 1/2 t. cinnamon

- 3 T honey (in the pics I put the honey in a 1/3 c. measuring cup since I was out of tablespoons and wanted all the ingredients to be in the picture so I could be all fancy-like.  It came out to be about 1/6 of a cup)

 

Note:  I adapted this recipe to suit my cheapness.  Julie uses ground flaxseeds- but I definitely don't have those on hand.  I took a guess that it was used as kinda a binding agent.... so I tried a little flour and that did the trick!  Also, regarding the chia seeds: they do give it a good texture, but seriously, if you don't have them, you don't need them for the recipe.  We happened to have a bag from Mike's parents on hand!  When those run out, I'll just make the recipe without.

 

ALSO:  I just tried it with brown sugar instead of honey.  Just as delicious!

 

 

Instructions:

1.  Measure out ingredients and dump all into a big mixing bowl.  Mix together.  Yup, that's it.

 

 

Julie's recipe recommends rolling into 12-14 balls.  I, however, am lazy.  I put the mixture into an old cottage cheese container (stylish) and we eat it with a spoon whenever we're hungry :)

 

Store the mixture in the fridge.

Next time you're in the market for an easy snack- try this.  It's cheaper and healthier than a box of granola bars!  And it's boyfriend approved: Mike said it was one of the best things he's ever eaten.  Seriously.

 

 

Do you keep snacks in the house?

I generally don't like to because I eat them all very quickly...