I’m in Love with This Homemade Heart-Shaped Granola Bars Recipe!
I’ve recently fallen in love with homemade granola bars. I did them for the first time to have something healthy with me when I went on a trip. They were far more delicious than I had expected and I’ve been making them ever since. I’ve tweaked my recipe lots of times to include various different kinds of ingredients to make them themed or just appeal to my taste at the time. Regardless, it helps me to enjoy a healthy snack while knowing it’s not packed with junk, sugars and sodium.
The other day I was trying to come up with a nifty snack to make with a bit of a Valentine’s Day theme that didn’t involve lava cakes or pounds of butter. I was about to make more granola bars anyway, and I decided to shape them into little hearts. I’m a genius (if I do say so myself). They came out great, tasty, themed and adorable.
They’re fantastic snacks for myself and to give as gifts, so I plan to make them again on Valentine’s Day itself as well as any other day of the year when I’m feeling cutesy or romantic.
Here’s my healthy and delicious heart-shaped granola bars recipe you can make at home, too.
You’ll need about 15 minutes prep time as well as 10 minutes baking time for this 12 serving heart-shaped granola bars recipe.
The ingredients include 2 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats, 1/3 cup honey (preferably raw), 1/4 cup maple syrup, 1/2 cup roughly chopped almonds, 2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter, 1/2 cup freeze dried roughly chopped strawberries, 6 ounces dark chocolate (chips or chunks), and 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract.
Preheat your oven to 350ºF and line a baking sheet with a silicone sheet, or parchment paper, so you won’t need any cooking spray to be sure the granola bars won’t stick. If your almonds aren’t already toasted, pop them onto the sheet and put them in the oven for a short time. Keep an eye on them as they can burn easily.
Mix the rest of the ingredients except half the chocolate in a bowl, then add the nuts once they’re toasted. Once everything is well combined, divide into 12 equal portions and form them all into hearts with your fingers. You can use a cookie cutter or a silicone mold as a guide, but I like to just eyeball it. I don’t mind a lopsided heart! Just make sure all the ingredients are pressed together tightly so they will stay together when they’re baked.
Place them on the baking sheet and put them in the oven for 10 minutes, checking on them regularly. While they’re in there, melt the chocolate using a double boiler (or a heat-proof bowl set onto a pot of gently boiling water). When the granola bars are done baking, drizzle them with the chocolate and put them in the fridge to chill for at least 2 hours.
That’s all there is to this heart-shaped granola bars recipe. Let me know what you think in the comments below. I’d love to discover some variations for this recipe that you might end up trying for yourself.