I love to make homemade granola bars and am always adapting the recipe for what I have on hand. Recently a few people commented how good they looked, so I thought I would repost the recipe. I might add that my kids, who rarely get cereal since we started cutting processed foods, like to crumble one of these up in a bowl with some milk. YUMMY!
Here is my updated recipe. Enjoy!
- 4 c old fashioned oats
- 1/4 c whole wheat flour
- 1/4 c flax seed mill (I sneak this in lots of my recipes!)
- 1/4 c chia seed
- 1/3 c coconut sugar (or brown sugar will work if that’s what you have)
- 1/2 c chocolate chips (I like to use a combination of these and cacoa nibs for more nutrition)
- 1/2 c dried fruit (cherries, raisins, figs, dates, etc)
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 c coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 c honey
Preheat oven to 325 F. Combine first 7 ingredients in a large bowl. Pour remaining wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix until well combined. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Press the granola mixture evenly over the cookie sheet. Bake at 325 F for about 15-20 minutes or until just starting to brown on top. (If you accidentally overbake it, just crumble it up and pretend you were going for homemade granola cereal! No one will ever know!) Let the granola cool on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes. Transfer the parchment paper and granola onto a cutting board and cut into bars. Enjoy!
I wrapped my bars in saran wrap and put them in an airtight container so my family wouldn’t devour them all at once! They can be a bit crumbly, but overall they hold up well! I hope your family enjoys them as much as mine!