Chewy Granola Bars

Chewy Granola Bars

After making my own protein bars last month, I have been really wanting to have a go at making some homemade granola bars. Yesterday was the first part of my dissertation defense. And yes, I passed! Yay! Now to just finish my analyses and writing the results up, and then one more final defense and I will be D.O.N.E.! So anyway, when you do a defense, it’s wise to bring some snacks for your committee members. A hungry committee member is not a good thing, folks. My defense was at 10am so I didn’t want to bring anything that was too sweet. Homemade granola bars it was!

I loooooove these bars! Like, I am never going to buy them again. I love that these bars do not contain any added sugar or corn syrup. They are also no-bake! Gotta always love that!

Unfortunately because I was busy prepping for my defense the day before, I didn’t get around to making these until late and wanted to slice them up before bed so I didn’t have to worry about it in the morning. So, I attempted to cut my bars after about 3 hours and I think that was too soon as some kind of fell apart. Doh! So, I recommend letting them set for a good 4 hours or overnight before slicing them up.

Chewy Granola Bars

Yield: 10-15 bars

Chewy Granola Bars

Chewy Granola Bars

These homemade granola bars are so simple and taste so much better than store bought bars!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup oat flour or almond flour
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries, raisins, pomegranate (whatever dried fruit you want)
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 tbs. sesame seeds (or chia seeds)
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tbs. honey
  • 3 tbs. coconut oil
  • 1/3 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. almond extract
  • 1/8 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
  • Other add-ins: other nuts, mini chocolate chips, etc.

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, combine the flour, oats, dried fruit, sesame seeds, and any other add-ins.
  2. Add the coconut oil, honey, vanilla and almond extract, and salt in a small sauce pan. Heat on medium heat until the mixture begins to foam. Remove from the heat and pour into the bowl with the dry mixture. Mix well to coat all of the ingredients.
  3. Prepare a baking dish that is no larger than a 9×13 baking dish or a half-sheet pan with saran wrap. Make sure to leave some of the wrap hanging over the sides. Press the mixture into the dish and spread evenly. Cover with additional saran wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
  4. Remove the bars by lifting them out of the pan with the excess saran wrap. Cut into bars. I wrapped mine in some saran wrap for an easy take-and-go snack. Store left over bars in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

15

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 268 Total Fat: 15g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 8g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 73mg Carbohydrates: 34g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 21g Protein: 5g

Chewy Granola Bars

   

31 comments

  1. Oh I love your addition of almond flour, that would be lovely. I need to work with coconut oil more, I do love it in baked goods:-) These granola bars sound delicious:-) Hugs, Terra

  2. I love making homemade granola but for some reason, I have never made homemade granola bars. These look just perfect!

  3. These look just like the store-bought ones…so professional and perfect!! I am keeping this recipe because my kids love to carry granola bars in their lunchbox to school. Wonderful clicks!

  4. That is awesome!! Congratulations to you!!!

  5. I love that this has almond flour, one of my favorite ingredients :-)

  6. The use of coconut oil as well as honey is unique to me, but it is probably what gives these bars such great chewy texture. Tasty add ins of fruit and nuts too. You were smart bringing these for your dissertation defense and I am glad you passed! One more to go and you will be home free. I would be both nervous as well as excited!

  7. Yay, congrats!! Oh, how I love almond flour, these look awesome!

  8. Congrats my friend :D
    These bars are stunning – I love a good ol’ homemade muesli bar!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  9. I’m so going to have to make those protein bars as well as these granola ones. My meds for the auto-immune condition make me tired all.the.time. So they’d help.

    Love granola, so would abolsutely adore these. Oh so good! Thanks for sharing.

  10. even though yours fell apart, it goes with the entire picture and looks really great! congrats on passing!

  11. I make my own granola but have never attempted to do granola bars. These looks like a perfect snack to keep you going.

  12. Yay!! Congratulations on your dissertation passing! You are such a trooper… I would not want to cook after all the work you have done in school! You get an A++ for these granola bars too. :)

  13. These look great! Love granola bars and totally loved the recipe you posted for protein bars. I will have to try making some of these I have some chia seeds that could use a home. :) Congrats on passing your dissertation of defense!

  14. I eat at least one granola bars a day yet they are not homemade. I should feel ashamed as it’s so easy to make!!! This is something I need to make in the near future. I can probably save a lot by making it at home!

  15. I’m so glad you passed this part of your dissertation! And great idea making a little snack for the committee! These look great and I love that they are healthy and no bake. Hope you’re having a great week!

  16. I have been wanting to make my own granola bars for some time but never actually did it. Yours looks so good and just may be the push I need to actually do it!! Congrats on passing this part of you dissertation!

  17. I pinned this one to try. It looks like a great recipe.

  18. YAY! Congrats on passing the first round Stephanie – well done!! :)
    These bars totally would of swayed me…mmmmm…they look delish and nutritious to boot, nice :)

  19. Yum! I love making granola bars, these sounds amazing!

  20. These sound so delicious! I bet they are 100x better than storebought! Love the cranberry almond combo :)!

  21. YUMMY! I will try this. Since my family is a big fan of granola!!

  22. Oh yummy!!! I have always had a thing for the chewy granola bars (hate the hard ones) but I also know how bad they can be for you. So I love this, Steph…. customizable chewy granola bars. You’re my hero :-D

  23. These are the perfect dissertation committee snack :) I have zero qualifications to be on it, I’m sure, but would love one! Congrats on knocking out another step in the process!

  24. Gorgeous recipe and luminous photos – love the almond flour in these granola bites!

  25. I like the use of coconut oil in this recipe. Paired with honey, I’m sure it bumps up the flavor! Great clicks, Steph!

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