I think I finally found my favorite homemade granola bar. These are really great. They have the same great texture as store bought bars, but better (and fewer) ingredients and less sugar. These bars are chewy and have a slight crunch from the crisped rice in them. As always, you can add any type flavors that you and your family like. As you may know, those are my favorite type of baked goods Oh, and these bars are super easy…that makes me happy! You don’t even bake them, which is great for the summer.
I like to find snacks that I don’t feel too terrible about giving to my kids to eat – and these bars satisfy that desire. I have a nice little collection now and try to rotate making these snacks to give them variety. I have another recipe for granola bars I plan to post soon and one of my favorites are Energy Bites, which are always popular.
I added flaxseed and almonds to these, but of course you could add peanut butter in place of the coconut oil with chocolate chips. I plan to do a batch with coconut, maybe some with dried fruit (apple and cinnamon? craisins?) and one with cherries and dark chocolate. For those of you who don’t like coconut, I couldn’t taste the coconut oil in these, perhaps because of the honey. They had a nice light honey flavor and I think it’s perfect for a summer snack. If you don’t have coconut oil, you can use butter instead.
1/2 cup coconut oil (or butter)
1/2 cup honey
2/3 cup brown sugar
4 cups quick cooking oats (these give a nicer texture)
2 cups crispy rice cereal
1/4 cup ground flaxseeds
1/4-1/3 cup almonds (sliced, chopped, slivered)
1 teaspoon vanilla
In a large bowl stir together the oats, cereal, flaxseed and almonds. Set aside. In saucepan on the stove, melt coconut oil, honey and brown sugar. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour over dry ingredients in bowl and mix until well coated. Pour into a lightly greased 9×13 pan. Press WELL – I even used my hands to really push down the mixture. Let cool and cut into bars. If you have trouble with your bars coming apart, try reducing the oil/butter by a tablespoon or two.
Note: if you make a batch of bars where you include chocolate chips, you can add them after the mixture has been pressed into the pan. Sprinkle them on top of the bars and press lightly, then let cool for a couple hours until the chocolate has set. You can mix them in with the rest of the ingredients, but they will melt and give you a swirl of chocolate. (not a big problem as I see it!)