Homemade Granola Bars
Healthy Homemade Granola Bars are so easy to make and taste better than the store bought variety! This easy granola bar recipe is filled with oats, rice cereal, honey, peanut butter, flaxseed and coconut oil.
Servings: 36 granola bars
- 4 cups crisp rice cereal
- 2 2/3 cups old fashioned oats
- 2/3 cups ground flax seed
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cups honey
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 to 1 cup mini chocolate chips
In a large bowl, combine the oats, crispy rice cereal and ground flaxseed until well mixed.
In a small saucepan, add the brown sugar, honey and coconut oil. Over medium heat, bring the mixture to a boil, stirring frequently. Boil for one minute and then remove from heat.
Add the peanut butter and vanilla extract and stir until smooth.
Pour the peanut butter mixture over the oat mixture and stir until well combined. Let the mixture cool for about 6 or 7 minutes. While the mixture is cooling, line a jelly roll pan (about 12.5" X 17.5" X 1") with parchment paper.
Once the mixture has cooled, pour the mixture onto the parchment paper lined pan and spread around with a mixing spoon until it's evenly spread on the pan. Once the mixture is evenly distributed on the pan, you need to press it to compact it. The easiest way to do this is to use an identical jelly roll pan and press the granola bars down. Even if you don't have another pan that is exactly the same size, you could use a 9X13 or another similar pan to press the granola bars down.
Sprinkle the mini chocolate chips evenly across the top of the granola bars and then use your extra pan to press them down into the granola bars. Only do this once and do it immediately after sprinkling the chocolate chips. I've learned the hard way that if you wait too long or you try to press them multiple times, the chocolate chips will stick to the bottom of your extra pan and get all melty. So do it quickly and do it once and it works perfectly!
You can slice and serve immediately, but if you let them sit for a few hours, they will set up a little bit more and be easier to slice up. If you are going to wrap them up individually, place the pan in the refrigerator or freezer for a bit so that the chocolate chips on top will harden up before wrapping them in plastic wrap. Can be stored at room temperature for up to a week (if they last that long)!
Calories: 174kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 37mg | Potassium: 106mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 6IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg