Granola bars are a great on-the-go snack, but some of the bars you buy at the store are filled with high fructose corn syrup and additives that make them less than ideal for a healthy option. These homemade bars are sweetened with honey and coconut sugar, so they still have all of the sweetness but not all the added junk. They’re easy to make and store GREAT in the freezer or fridge for a quick easy snack.
The best part? Make them taste great for you! Add in cranberries, raisins, walnuts, or even some peanut butter chips!
1 ½ cups rolled oats
1 ½ cups brown rice crisp cereal (Barbara’s, 365 or Erewhon brands work well)
½ cup chopped almonds
¼ cup honey
¼ cup coconut sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup mini chocolate chips
2-3 tbs of any additional add in’s
*keep in mind if you include more add in’s, you need to increase the amount of honey so the bars stick together. Add 1tbs of honey at a time to get desired consistency so the bars hold.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line bottom and sides of a 8-inch or 9-inch square pan with aluminum foil. Then lightly oil or spray with cooking spray.
Add oats and almonds to a small baking sheet then bake 5 minutes, stir and bake another 3 to 5 minutes until lightly toasted. Transfer to a large bowl.
Combine honey, coconut oil, coconut sugar, vanilla extract and in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally until honey melts and the coconut sugar completely dissolves.
Pour mixture into bowl with toasted oats, almonds and cereal. Mix well. Let cool about 5 minutes then add 1/4 cup of the mini chocolate chips. Stir to combine.
Transfer oat mixture to lined pan then use a rubber spatula or parchment paper to firmly press the mixture into the pan.
Cover then refrigerate at least 2 hours. Remove block of granola mixture from pan then peel away aluminum foil. Cut into 12 bars.
Store bars in an airtight container for up to one week. For soft bars, keep at room temperature.
Makes 18 bars
These bars are also a great source of potassium and less than 9g of sugar per bar!
We hope you enjoy these as a quick breakfast in the morning, a snack for your child’s lunch, or even in the car on the way to Zumba! Whenever you have them, they’re sure to be delicious.
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*This recipe is modified from littlebitsof.com.