Super Easy & Quick Customizable Granola Bars

Don’t these look amazing!

A fantastic yummy homemade snack to take to school, work or anywhere on the run.

This has quickly become my new favorite recipe.  My children love them.  They are very easy and quick to make.  It requires minimal clean-up.  And, most importantly, you can feed your family a tasty granola bar without high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils and other highly processed ingredients which we all try so hard to avoid.

These look very difficult to make but they are SO SO EASY!!!

Even for the busiest person, this will quickly take the place of buying packaged granola bars for yourself and your family.  I am giving you the basic recipe for the granola bar and then you can decide which mix-in fits your tastebuds best.  When adding dry ingredients such as chips or nuts, I suggest a total of about a cup of ingredients.  In other words, do a cup of chocolate chips alone or 1/2 cup of chocolate chips and 1/2 cup craisins or 1/2 cup chocolate chips and 1/2 cup peanut butter chips, etc…

Lastly, this is a great recipe to do with your kids since it is so quick and easy and could keep their attention and allow them plenty of opportunity to pour out ingredients and mix.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup canola oil ( you can substitute other oils as well such as vegetable or coconut oil)
  • 1/2 cup honey (or 1/2 cup agave nectar)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • suggested optional mix-ins – mini-chocolate chips, your favorite kind of chopped nuts, white chocolate chips, craisins, broken pretzels, peanut butter, and on and on…..

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
  2. Line a 9″ x 13″ pan with parchment paper.  Parchment paper is going to give you the easiest removal of the bars.  However, if you don’t have parchment, use foil and spray it well.
  3. Combine the oats, flour, coconut, brown sugar and salt in a large bowl.  Mix well with a clean dry whisk or wooden spoon.
  4. In a large measuring cup meant for liquids, combine the remaining ingredients.  ( a tip for working with honey:  First pour the 1/2 cup oil into the measuring cup and leave it in the measuring cup. Then pour the honey into the same measuring cup on top of the oil.  The total liquid in the cup will now measure to 1 full cup.  Now add the vanilla to the same cup.  By adding the oil first and then the honey, the oil will keep the honey from sticking to the sides of the cup. )
  5. Pour the wet ingredients over the oat mixture and stir to combine.  This works best with a flat rubber spatula.
  6. Now is the time to add your preferred mix-ins.  The first time you make these, use about 1 whole cup of whatever mix-ins you prefer.  Then, adjust the amount based on your preference.
  7. Once your preferred chips, nuts or dried fruit are added, MIX WELL once more.
  8. Pour granola mixture into the parchment lined baking pan.  Flatten the mixture well so it is spread evenly in the pan.
  9. Bake for 35 minutes.
  10. Allow to cool completely then refrigerate overnight before cutting.
  11. Once refrigerated, you will be able to lift the cooked granola out of the pan easily.  Remove parchment from granola and place granola on cutting board.
  12. Cut the granola into your desired size and shaped.  I cut mine into a 3″ by 1″ bar.
  13. Serve to your friends and family and sit back and gloat at what a great job you did!
  14. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for best results.
  15. Enjoy!
Dry ingredients ready to combine.
Just three liquid ingredients! This is the time to break out the good vanilla!
This is what the mixture will look like once combined. Add your preferred mix-ins and then bake.
Favorite mix-ins in our household are peanut butter chips, regular sized dark chocolate chips and mini semi-sweet chocolate chips.
When you remove it from the oven, the granola “slab” will still be a little soft. That is okay. It will harden when refrigerated overnight and will be easy to cut.
A beautiful, tasty granola bar with all your favorite ingredients – without the hydrogenated oils and high fructose corn syrup which the major brands use. In other words a GUILT FREE nutritious bar!

Please let me know what you put in your recipe.  The possibilities of combinations are endless.

Until next time….

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