I am a huge consumer of granola bars and granola. Mainly because I like to snack on the go, and granola bars are a simple solution to that need. I have had one pet peeve with granola bars for some time though, and that is that a vast majority of them are loaded with sugar. As I’m sure you’ve heard before, many of them are just “candy bars in disguise.” I decided to try to solve this problem and made some delicious, healthy and filling Low Sugar Granola Bars.
These Low Sugar Granola Bars have more protein than sugar per serving! Plus, they have a delicious maple and vanilla flavor that makes you forget their low in sugar. I made a small-batch recipe this time to last me through the week (I made eight 100 calorie bars), but feel free to double, triple or even quadruple the recipe below and freeze the bars to last much longer.
To make these granola bars, you will need a few kitchen resources:
Mixing Bowl: An affordable mixing bowl set on Amazon.
Baking Dish: Crate and Barrel have a high-value baking dish set online.
Alright, let’s get to the recipe. These Low Sugar Granola Bars have 7 ingredients:
- Rolled oats – the base and essential ingredient for these Low Sugar Granola Bars.
- Chopped walnuts – a filling and crunchy nut that provides a nice texture and crunch.
- Coconut oil – a healthy fat that binds the granola bars together.
- Crunchy peanut butter – gives the bars a nutty flavor and creamier texture.
- Maple syrup – balances the bars with a touch of sweetness and maple flavor.
- Cinnamon – gives the bars a familiar, warming flavor.
- Vanilla – provides extra flavor to these Low Sugar Granola Bars.
This recipe is super easy to make. To start, you’ll need to melt the coconut oil in the microwave. Once that’s done, mix all the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Then, dump the mixture into a parchment lined baking dish and pack it down with the back of a spoon.
Make sure to pack these granola bars thoroughly – it will help ensure they stick together after they’ve cooked.
In an oven pre-heated to 350 degrees, bake the granola bars for about 10-12 minutes.
Once the bars are done the cooking, place them in the freezer for about 30 minutes to allow them to firm up. Then, cut the bars into eight equal servings. The bars can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer!
Here is the nutrition per 1/8 of the total recipe:
- Calories: 102.4
- Total Fat: 6.4 g
- Total Carbs: 9.9 g
- Protein: 2.7 g
- Total Sugar: 2.1 g
Granola bars are a great snack, but most of them are loaded with sugar. Some have over 20 grams of sugar! So, for this homemade version I limited the sugar and packed these bars with wholesome grains and nuts. As you can see, these bars have more protein than sugar per serving!
Let’s get economical with these Low Sugar Granola Bars:
- 1 cup rolled oats – $0.39
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts – $0.87
- 2 tbsp cup coconut oil – $0.26
- 2 tbsp cup crunchy peanut butter – $0.16
- 1 tbsp maple syrup – $0.44
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon – $0.02
- 1/2 tsp vanilla – $0.25
The grand total is $2.39
This breaks down to roughly $0.30 per 1 bar. That is huge savings compared to the expensive, natural granola bars at most grocery stores.