Looking to make easy peasy homemade granola bars? These delicious treats are chock full of healthy add-ins like dried cranberries and almonds. The best part? You can pretty well customize this recipe however you like. Add any nut, dried fruit, or seeds your foodie heart desires.
Keep reading to learn how to make these yummy bars.
WHY NOT JUST GO TO THE STORE?
When I was a little girl I was obsessed with chocolate chip chewy bars. My grandma kept boxes stocked in the bottom shelf of her pantry so I could help myself to a snack whenever I came over for a visit. Little did my grandma know that those granola bars were full of added sugar, calories, and artificial ingredients. In the last couple of years I’ve been trying to replace grocery store favorites with healthy and homemade alternatives . Now that I have a little guy of my own I’m on a mission to learn how to make delicious, healthy snacks that he can enjoy and I can feel good about feeding him. Enter these homemade granola bars.
What I love most about making food from scratch is that there aren’t any unnecessary preservatives or fillers. You have complete control.
So, here you are. Enjoy these delicious, yet simple, homemade granola bars.
THINGS YOU NEED
HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE CRANBERRY ALMOND GRANOLA BARS
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a skillet, melt a couple of tablespoons of coconut oil and add your oats and nuts. Toast the mixture for a couple of minutes until the oats are slightly brown then transfer to a bowl.
In the same skillet, add your honey, brown sugar, coconut oil, and vanilla extract. Heat over medium heat until the mixture starts to thicken and the sugar is dissolved.
Add the oat and nut mixture back into the skillet and combine with your wet ingredients.
Put the mixture into a square pan or granola bar molds. Press down on the tops so that the mixture becomes compact.
Turn the oven temperature down to 300 degrees F and put your granola bars into the oven for 20 minutes. Allow the granola bars to cool for at least an hour
HOW TO STORE HOMEMADE GRANOLA BARS?
I like to store these homemade granola bars in a mason jar, but any airtight container will do. These will last up to one week. If you would like to make these in advance, they will keep for two months in the freezer. I made a bunch of these recently and threw them in the freezer so I wouldn’t be tempted to over-indulge. I can now pull out as many as I need (not want) out of the fridge at the beginning of the week.
Cranberry Almond Granola Bars
- 2.5 cups rolled oats
- t tsp salt
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries
- 1/3 cup sliced almonds
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup coconut oil 2 tbsp for toasting
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- Heat your oven to 350 degrees F. I recommend using a silicone granola bar mold but you can also use a square pan lined with parchment paper to help your oats release from the pan.
- Toast the oats, salt, and nuts in 2 tbsp of coconut oil until the oats are slightly browned. Transfer the mixture to a bowl.
- In the same skillet combine the honey, brown sugar, coconut oil, and vanilla extract. Heat over medium heat until everything is well incorporated and the sugar is dissolved.
- Add the oats and nuts back to the skillet and mix well. Give the mixture a couple minutes to cool and then add the cranberries and chocolate chips. Gently fold the add-ins to the mixture.
- Using a silicone spatula, transfer the mixture to your molds and press the tops down firmly. The more compact the oats, the better they stick together.
- Turn your oven down to 300 degrees F. Put the molds in the oven for 20 minutes. Once they are done allow them to cool for at least an hour.
- Remove the bars from the molds and store in an air tight container for up to a week. If you are using a square pan, pull the mixture away from the parchment paper and cut into bars.
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TIPS AND TRICKS FOR HOMEMADE GRANOLA BARS
- Make sure you press down on the mixture once you place it in your molds or pan. This is an important step! If you don’t press the mixture down, the granola bars won’t hold together. If the mixture is super sticky you can either use the bottom of a cup or moisten your fingertips with a little bit of water.
- You can also forgo baking these granola bars and simply put them in the fridge to set. I personally enjoy these “no bake” granola bars but find that they don’t hold together as well. If you decide to go this route simply store your bars in the fridge to keep them firm.
- Remember that you can customize this anyway you want. I also like to add coconut flakes, walnuts, and dried apricots. You need approximately 1 cup of add-ins.
- Butter can be substituted for the coconut oil!
- The chocolate chips will most likely melt, but that is okay! In fact, I think it helps hold the mixture for these homemade granola bars together properly.
I love feeding my family homemade snacks but sometimes time makes it difficult. During the weeks when I simply don’t have time to replenish my stash I really enjoy these Kind bars.
I hope you enjoy these delicious homemade granola bars! Leave a comment below with what add-ins you enjoy!