Making granola bars from scratch is easy to do, and so much healthier than the store-bought version. You can also customize to your tastes.
I don’t like all the extra crap that is put in all of our food these days. So I try to make as much as I can from scratch, including these delicious granola bars.
Tyler was so excited to help me with this and has had a few of them already today! He loves to help pour things in the mixing bowl, mix, and he even helped spread the granola out in the pan before we baked them. He really wanted to use his oven mitts to help get them out of the oven. I had to draw the line there!! At least for now.
We used to buy granola bars at the store often because they are great for a quick breakfast or to send in the boy’s lunch boxes. But they always come individually wrapped meaning it creates a lot of waste.
Not to mention the unnecessary ingredients in the store-bought granola bars. When I make granola bars at home, I can control exactly what ingredients go into them. And I can also store them in our own containers to get out one at a time as we need them.
The great thing about making granola bars yourself is being able to make them how you like. If you prefer a different dried fruit then you can substitute something else for the raisins. For those trying to cut sugar, omit the chocolate chips.
If you want a granola to use as either a cereal or in yogurt, then you can skip the refrigeration. This keeps them from forming together and you can crumble it. We did this when I completely forgot the refrigeration step.
Step by Step
Preheat the oven to 325F and grease a 9×13 pan with coconut oil.
In a large mixing bowl, beat the coconut oil and honey until they are well combined.
Add the oats, oat flour, and baking soda.
Gently fold the raisins and chocolate chips into the mixture.
Press the granola mixture into the prepared baking dish. Make sure they are compacted very well. If not, they will fall apart. I like to use a sheet of wax paper and use your hands to press it down.
Bake the granola bars for about 25-30 minutes or until they are golden brown. Let the granola cool for at least 10-15 minutes before cutting into bars. Place in the refrigerator until they cool completely. If you don’t refrigerate, they won’t stay together.
Originally Published On: October 5, 2016
Last Updated On: February 17, 2020
- 5 1/2 cups oats
- 1/2 cup coconut oil (softened)
- 1 cup honey
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup raisins (or other dried fruit)
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 325F
- Grease a 9×13 glass pan with coconut oil
- Blend 1 cup of oats in a blender to make oat flour
- In a large bowl, beat the coconut oil and honey until well blended
- Add in the remaining oats, oat flour that was blended, and baking soda
- Stir in the raisins and chocolate chips
- Press the granola mixture into the prepared greased pan, compacting well or they will fall apart
- Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until golden brown
- Let cool about 10-15 minutes before cutting into bars
- Cool completely in refrigerator (at least 2 hours) before removing from pan so they don’t fall apart
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