super yummy chewy granola bars
I love a good, sweet, chewy granola bar. I first had these yummy granola bars at a friend’s house. They were so good I took the recipe down. Over the years this granola bar has changed as our family has changed and grown. I was looking for something that was nutritious and delicious yet very quick to throw together. It’s really a win, win.
I know this recipe has lots of honey in it, but it’s a must. It’s what holds the whole thing together. The original recipe had brown sugar in it along with the honey, but I upped the honey a bit to make them more “chewy” and just omitted the brown sugar all together. I feel good about giving my family this treat and a pan of these usually disappears in this house (of 4) in just a day or two.
I love them even more if I can make they yummy and chalked full of nutritious foods. This is a recipe my whole family loves and it’s super versatile too. Sometimes I am in the mood for dark chocolate or more of a fruity twist with dried raspberries or craisins. I will also add lots of nuts and seeds to provide a salty compliment to the sweet honey. Right now our favorite combos are dark chocolate chunks with shredded unsweetened coconut OR freeze dried raspberries with pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and unsweetened shredded coconut. You can see I did a pan of half the chocolate and half the raspberry.
Just use this as a base and start adding in lots of things your family loves! I have suggested a few things in the “optional garnish” part to help you get started. Have fun and let us know how they turn out!
- 4 cups oats
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup salted butter (1 stick), softened
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 2/3 cup honey
- 1/4 cup ground flax seed (optional)
- 1/4 cup wheat germ (optional)
- 2/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 3/4 cup chopped dark chocolate (or white chocolate, milk chocolate, etc)
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup dried fruit (raisins, craisins, blueberries, etc)
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts (peanuts, cashews, almonds, macadamia nuts, etc)
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
Mix together the oats, flour, baking soda, vanilla, butter, coconut oil, and honey either by hand or with a standing mixer. If you are using the wheatgerm and flaxseed, mix those in now along with any optional garnishes. You can choose as few or as many mix-ins as you like. After everything is combined well, pour the crumbly mixture into a 9x13 pan. Press the mixture down firmly with your hands or a spatula.
Bake the bars for 18-22 minutes, until the top is just starting to turn light brown. Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan. Once the bars are almost room temperature, cut your bars and allow to finish cooling. Once they are completely cooled, place the bars in an airtight container. Enjoy your masterpiece!