Just one more week and I will be on my way to France to visit family and eat my weight in cheese. But before then, I want to make sure I look my best when I get there, and that means watching what I eat and work out. Part of eating healthy is avoiding processed foods and that is always a problem when it comes to afternoon snacks. Snickers are VERY tempting around 3pm. So skip the vending machine, gather ’round and grab a mixing bowl. Today we are making our own granola bars. They are quick and easy to make and you have complete control over the ingredients. But the part is you can make them in any shape. That’s right, move over boring rectangular granola bars, make room for granola hearts.

Homemade Granola Bars
 

makes 6 Granola Hearts
Ingredients
  • 2 cups of oatmeal
  • 2 tbsp wheat germ
  • 2 tbsp sliced almonds
  • ½ cup peanuts
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ⅓ cup tiny chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup honey
  • ¼ cup brown sugar

Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 275 degrees F.
  2. Place all ingredients in a medium bowl and stir with a wooden spoon until the honey coats the whole mixture.
  3. Place heart cookie cutters (or any shape) on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Spoon granola mixture into each cutter and press down with the back of a spoon.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes. Let the granola hearts cool completely before unfolding.

Preheat your oven to 275 degrees F.

Place all ingredients in a medium bowl:

Stir with a spoon until the honey coats the whole mixture:

Place heart cookie cutters (or any shape) on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat.

Spoon some of the granola mixture into each cutter and press down with the back of a spoon:

Bake for 30 minutes:

 Let the granola hearts cool completely before unfolding.

Enjoy!