Almond & Raisin Granola Bars

I’ve been on a mission to come up with a recipe that uses ALL of the pulp leftover when I make a batch of homemade almond milk.  I’ve made Choco-Coco Almond Bites and Coconut Almond Bites (both of which are very good), but each recipe only uses about half of the leftover pulp. (Yes, I realize I could just double those recipes.)  Anyway, when I make almond milk, I want to have a ‘go-to’ recipe that I can make afterwards EVERY TIME. Something that I know we’ll all like.  I’m not saying I won’t keep experimenting, but you know how it is…sometimes you just want to make something quickly and not think about it! I made these Almond & Raisin Granola Bars today and they turned out really well for my “first attempt!”  I based them off of my older Granola Bar recipe, but added in the almond pulp and eliminated the brown sugar entirely (along with a few other changes).

Almond & Raisin Granola Bars

Almond & Raisin Granola Bars

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups almond pulp (from making homemade almond milk)
  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3/4 – 1 cup organic raisins
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a 9×13 baking dish with parchment paper and spray with an olive oil sprayer (I use a Misto).  In a large bowl, stir together almond pulp, oats, flour, wheat germ, salt, cinnamon, and raisins.  In a smaller (microwavable) bowl, melt the coconut oil.  Then mix in the honey, maple syrup, egg, and vanilla.  Pour into the dry mixture and mix until thoroughly combined.  Press evenly into baking pan.  Bake for about 25 minutes (or until the edges are golden).  Cool completely before lifting out onto a cutting board.  I cut mine into 20 bars.  Enjoy!

I still want to do a little tweaking to the recipe, but my boys each ate an entire bar for their lunch today (with some fruit and string cheese on the side).  My boys don’t always eat my baked goods, so I was pretty excited that they liked these!  My daughter still hasn’t touched hers…but that’s because it has raisins in it.  She doesn’t like raisins.  I told her to pick them out, but as I type this, it’s still sitting on her plate.  (I think she’ll eat it eventually because she knows she can’t have snacks if she doesn’t eat her lunch…whenever that ends up being.)

I ate 1 1/2 of these for lunch today, too, and was very happy with them!  I know they’ll be gone quickly because I like to have granola bars for a quick and easy breakfast after working out in the mornings.

These will also freeze very well!  I often like to bake them, eat a few, and then freeze the rest for another day.  When you’re ready to eat more, just let them thaw for 30 minutes or so and you’ll have a ‘travel-ready’ real food snack!

Update: As I’m finishing up this post, my daughter finally came over and decided to eat her granola bar.  I don’t think it’s going to be her new favorite food, but she did eat it!  🙂

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LeAnn Nome

Hi there! Here's a little info about me: I've been married to my husband for over 10 years and I'm a stay-at-home mom to our three young kids (a six year old daughter and four year old twin boys). As you might imagine, they keep me quite busy! In early 2013, we decided that we wanted to be a healthier family. To do this, we cut out all processed foods from our home and we now eat only REAL, whole foods. (When we're on vacation or at someone's house, we're not quite as strict.) We also try to exercise every day. Our goal is to raise healthy, happy kids...while maintaining our own health and happiness along the way! I hope you will follow along with us in our journey.