Almond Butter Granola Bars – Delicious, healthy, chewy granola bars made without any fillers or preservatives. Packed with almond butter, flax, pretzels, & dark chocolate!
This post is sponsored by Justin’s.
It’s finally cool enough to go hiking! I’m so happy.
Mike and I are lucky enough to live near a huge maze of hiking trails, so we like to go for a morning hike a few times a week. It’s fun, it’s beautiful, I get to see a ton of bunnies and birds, it’s perfect. Last time we saw a deer, it was wonderful. I love hiking, I would go every day if I could.
There’s only one downside to hiking, and it’s this: I’m one of those people who has to eat as soon as they wake up in the morning. I wish I wasn’t one of those people, but I am. And every single time we go hiking, halfway through I’m STARVING and want a snack. And after all this time, after the 1,000 hikes we’ve gone on, I still (somehow) always forget to bring snacks. I’ve remembered to bring Cheerios to give to the squirrels, but not snacks for myself. Typical Brittany.
I’ve been wanting to make a healthy snack that’s light enough to eat while hiking, but filling enough that I could have it for breakfast (to break me out of this oatmeal latte rut I’m in, not that I’m complaining). I decided to make granola bars, but I needed it to be healthy while still being delicious. Those two things should not be mutually exclusive, and I will fight my whole life to prove that.
This bar is packed with the good stuff: flaxseed meal, almond butter, a bit of agave, some dark chocolate, and pretzels for crunch (but you can substitute nuts if you’re trying to be really healthy). I used Justin’s Almond Butter, which is my favorite almond butter that I’ve tried (and trust me, I’ve tried a lot!). I used Classic, but they have so many delicious flavors to choose from. Maybe next time I make these I’ll use the Maple Almond Butter, mmmm.
I’ve been a big fan of Justin’s for a long time now. They have a HUGE selection of vegan products and everything they make is healthy and all-natural (and delicious!).
Fun fact: When I was working at a gym a few years ago, I worked the weirdest shift possible (3:30 pm to 11:30 pm, what up) and every night I would walk to Baron’s, get a Justin’s dark chocolate peanut butter cup, and eat it around 10 pm to get me through the end of my shift. So yes, Justin’s holds a special place in my heart.
♡ What’s your favorite healthy workout snack?
- 1 cup Justin's Classic Almond Butter
- heaping ½ cup agave nectar
- 1½ tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 3 Tbsp. flaxseed meal
- 1 cup crushed pretzels
- pinch of cinnamon
- 1 cup mini chocolate chips
- Microwave almond butter for 20 seconds until melted.
- Add agave and vanilla.
- Add oats, flax, pretzels, cinnamon, and half of the chocolate chips.
- Press mixture into an 8" or 9" square pan.
- Chill 30 minutes.
- Melt the remaining ½ cup chocolate chips. Remove the pan from fridge, cut into bars, and drizzle with melted chocolate.
Thank you to Justin’s for sponsoring this post!
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