I originally published this homemade granola bar recipe back in October 2011. At the beginning of every school year, I make batches of freezable healthy kid snacks like this granola bar recipe ahead of time to save myself time in the kitchen during September. In October, I’m back in the kitchen making batches of healthy kid snacks again.
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Granola bars have been on my list of snacks to make since August. I have over 50 lbs. of old-fashioned oats in the pantry after finding them at the grocery outlet for $.59/lb. When my teenager asked for more granola bars to bring to school (they can eat a small breakfast in first block at high school), I decided to use what I have to make the bars rather than buy them.
- 2½ cup oats
- ½ cup rice krispies
- ¼ cup shredded coconut
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- ½ cup organic sugar
- ½ tsp. salt
- ½ cup butter, softened
- ¼ cup honey
- ½ tsp. vanilla
- If you're soaking the oats, soak them overnight in yogurt, kefir, or buttermilk.
- Put all of the ingredients together in a large bowl and mix until completely combined with no loose bits of anything in the bottom of the bowl.
- Press the batter into an 8 x 8 glass pan or 9 x 13 glass pan, heavily greased with butter or sprayed with oil. The smaller pan will create a thicker, more chewy bar. You may want to put a layer of parchment paper in the bottom to be absolutely sure the bars will not stick to the pan.
- Bake at 350 for 18 to 20 minutes. For the thinner bars, start checking them after 15 minutes to prevent too much browning.
- Cool the bars for 10 minutes, and then lightly draw lines in the pans. After the bars are completely cooled, cut the bars into individual bars.
You can make healthy granola bars by soaking the oats over night and using healthier ingredients. I prefer to use 1/4 cup of sugar to cut the sweetness. Other cereals can be substituted for the rice krispies, and other healthy options can be used in place of the chocolate chips like dried fruit and nuts.
This time I sprayed the pan heavily with oil, and the bars stuck a bit, especially around the sides. I think next time, I’ll put in a layer of parchment paper first to prevent sticking. Getting the bars out of the pan was the worst part of the process.
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