Easy Granola Bars

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This easy granola bar recipe really does make the best homemade granola bars! They’re quick, easy, healthy, versatile, and loaded with all your favorites like honey, oats, crunchy granola (trust me) and chocolate chunks! Can be made vegan and gluten free. 

This easy granola bar recipe will not disappoint. They’re quick and easy to make and they’re packed with nutritious deliciousness! And a touch of chocolate (dark to keep it healthier if you’re with me) for good measure.

 

TIPS AND TRICKS FOR MAKING THIS HOMEMADE GRANOLA BAR RECIPE:

  • Don’t omit the oil.
    • This helps keep the bars together and healthy fats
  • If you don’t have applesauce, you could *maybe* use mashed banana, pumpkin, or more oil. That being said, I haven’t tested it.
  • Chocolate – keep it!
    • But if you don’t like dark, use milk/semi-sweet or anything you have on hand! If you REALLY don’t want to use chocolate chips, you could use any kind of dried fruit!
  • Grease your hands with cooking spray and press the mixture FIRMLY into the prepared pan.
    • The cooking spray keeps your hands from sticking
    • Pressing the mixture firmly into the pan keeps these bars together
  • Cool the granola bars completely before cutting
    • Again, this keeps the bars intact.

Ingredients

    • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
    • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
    • 1 cup honey or maple syrup
    • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    • 3 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
    • 1 cup granola store bought 
    • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
    • 1/4 cup flaxseed meal
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 - 2 cups dark chocolate chips/chunks
    • Maldon sea salt for sprinkling

Instructions

    • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and lightly grease a 9x13 inch pan with cooking spray. In a VERY large bowl, whisk together melted coconut oil, applesauce, honey, and vanilla.
  • Add in oats, granola, flour, flaxseed meal, baking soda, salt, and chocolate chips/chunks.
  • Stir to combine.Dump mixture into prepared pan.
  • Grease your hands with cooking spray and press the mixture FIRMLY into the prepared pan.
  • Bake in pre-heated oven for 30 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and gently press down with the back of a lightly greased metal spatula. This helps keep the bars intact.
  • Sprinkle with Maldon sea salt, if desired.
  • Let cool COMPLETELY before cutting into bars. I let cool at room temperature for an hour, or until pan wasn’t hot, then covered them with saran wrap and threw them in to fridge to cool completely.
  • Cut them into 16 bars and store them in an airtight container at room temperature, in the fridge, or in the freezer.

Credit: Instagram @showmetheyummy https://showmetheyummy.com/easy-granola-bar-recipe/

 


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