With rising grocery bills and a number of ingredients in our food that I can’t even pronounce, I have made a big effort to start making more of our snacks from scratch, starting with these easy homemade granola bars. Not only does it ensure that I know all of the ingredients that have gone into it, but it has also cut down on our grocery bill by a LOT. I’ll show you how easy it is to make your own homemade snacks too! These easy homemade granola bars are healthy and very quick to make. They’ll also cost you a lot less than a box of 6 granola bars at the store does (and make triple that amount!).
Easy Homemade Granola Bars Recipe
Making healthy food doesn’t have to be rocket science. We eat a lot of organic and non-GMO food and the price tag on a box of organic granola bars can quickly drive up the grocery bill. I now make 2 pans of these easy homemade granola bars every Sunday instead and we are set for the whole week. They are perfect for lunches or a healthy snack. They are a soft, chewy granola bar and not a hard, crunchy granola bar.
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For this recipe I use organic, unsweetened coconut, coconut oil, agave, organic rice cereal, oats, brown sugar, salt, vanilla and a variety of mix-in ingredients to create several different varieties. We live in a small town and often these organic ingredients can be hard to find. I always order them from Thrive Market instead as I’ve found their prices are better than my local stores and their selection is far better. They carry all of these products for this easy homemade granola bars recipe so go order them now so you can be on your way to making your own healthy, non-GMO homemade granola bars! Need more incentive to order your ingredients now? With this link Thrive Market will give you an extra 15% off plus free shipping: http://musthavemom.com/thrivemarket and that’s on TOP of their already discounted products. You’ll get the best prices on these now and you don’t even have to leave your house!
What I LOVE about these easy homemade granola bars is that you use this one base recipe and you can mix in a ton of different ingredients to get many different varieties! Make a whole 9×13 pan of one flavor or split it into two smaller square pans and make 2 flavors. I typically make these twice since we go through so many every week (with four kids!).
To make these easy homemade granola bars, in a medium bowl mix together old fashioned oats, organic rice cereal and organic, unsweetened shredded coconut. Set bowl aside.
In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, add coconut oil (I use this coconut oil) and melt. Add agave (I use this one), brown sugar and salt. Stir occasionally and bring to a boil. Once stirred together don’t continue stirring until it reaches a boil. Once the bubbles cover the surface of the mixture set timer to 1 minute 30 seconds. Stir continuously. After 1 minute 30 seconds, remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour mixture over oat mixture and stir together to coat oat mixture. Let sit for a minute or two and cool a little. Then stir in your desired mix-in ingredients. You can do any of the following (pick one):
- M&M: Mix in 1/2 cup mini M&M candies
- White chocolate cranberry: Mix in 1/3 cup white chocolate chips & 1/3 cup craisins
- Peanut butter pretzel: Mix in 2T peanut butter, 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips, 1/3 cup crushed pretzels
- Peanut butter raisin nut: Mix in 2T peanut butter, 1/3 cup nuts, 1/3 cup raisins
- Chocolate chip: Mix in 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- White chip: Mix in 1/2 cup mini white chocolate chips
- Coconut raisin: Mix in 1/3 cup almonds, 1/3 cup raisins and 1/4 cup coconut
- Maple Pecan: Mix in 1/2 cup pecans, 2T maple syrup
Once you have stirred in your mix-in ingredients then dump bowl into a 9×13 pan (does NOT need to be greased). Cover with a piece of plastic wrap or parchment paper and press down firmly to pack them tightly. After doing this you can add a few more of your mix in ingredients (such as mini chocolate chips) to the top to make them pretty. Place in fridge for 30 minutes to an hour and then remove. Cut into rectangles.
I then transfer them into snack size zip top bags for easy grab and go snacks. Store in the fridge. Keeps for 1-2 weeks in the fridge. *Note: these do not require refrigeration to stay good, but the refrigeration helps them hold their shape. I frequently send these in my children’s lunch or take one with me on the go. If eaten several hours later they will just be more soft and may fall apart easier.
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