“Mom, These are the Best Granola Bars – Like, Ever”

homemade granola bars

homemade granola bars

 

Today is granola bar day.  Sounds exciting, right?

 

Before I transitioned to making all of our own foods, granola bars were a staple around here.  It IS the easiest thing to grab for breakfast & snacks & whatever other reason you would have to scarf a gran bar.  But seriously, have you checked out the ingredients on those bad boys?  Makes me feel illiterate just trying to read them.  Talk about a wake-up call for me.  The kids, however, were not quite so keen on giving those up.

 

Not to worry, kids.  I have a solution.

 

Mel’s Yummy AND Healthy Gran Bar Squares

 

Ingredients:

1 cup peanut butter (or other type of nut or seed butter)

1/2 cup raw, local honey

1/2 cup coconut oil (or grassfed butter)

1/4 cup cocoa powder

2 cups old-fashioned oats (NOT quick)

1 cup shredded coconut

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup total of add-ins (today I used crushed rice Chex and hemp seeds, but other options include rice crispies, chopped nuts, dried fruit, etc.)

Ingredient Lineup...
Ingredient Lineup…

 

Combine peanut butter, honey, and coconut oil in saucepan over low heat until melted completely.

 

Peanut butter, coconut oil, and raw honey
Peanut butter, coconut oil, and raw honey

 

Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and cocoa.

 

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In large bowl, combine oats, coconut, and add-ins.  Stir in peanut butter/cocoa mixture.

 

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A pyramid of dry ingredients…
Mix up all that yumminess!
Mix up all that yumminess!

 

Line a baking dish with parchment paper and pour mixture in.  I use the back of my spoon to smoosh it in, but hands work well too.  Then you can lick your hands clean.  If you like to do that kind of thing.  I do.  🙂

 

Pat, pat, pat it in!
Pat, pat, pat it in!

 

Pop the whole pan into the fridge until cool enough to cut into squares or bars – whichever you prefer.

 

I'm just chillin'.  What about you?
I’m just chillin’. What about you?

 

To keep them firm, I like to store mine in the fridge.  You can do so in the pan, but I prefer to cut mine up and individually wrap them – that way, they are ready to grab as I’m running out the door, or to throw in lunch boxes.

 

I think that this is one of the EASIEST snacks to make ahead of time.  Literally takes all of ten minutes to make.  Oh, and did I mention that they are SUPER TASTY?  Just ask my daughter.  They are the best granola bars, like, ever.

 

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7 thoughts on ““Mom, These are the Best Granola Bars – Like, Ever”

  1. I just made these with 1/4 cup hemp hearts and 1/4 cup chia seeds as my add ins. I also used organic rolled quick oats because it’s all I had and they turned out great! Passed the 5 year old kid test. Yay! Thanks for the recipe!

  2. I just made these and they are SO GOOD! I didn’t have vanilla, or cocoa powder, but I added some chopped raw almonds and chia seeds and they turned out just fine! Thanks for the great recipe!

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