Soft and chewy granola bars packed with all things good for you, like flax, chia, coconut oil, almonds, and dark chocolate! They make the perfect on-the-go breakfast or snack.
Soft Granola Bars
Homemade granola bars are way easier to make than most think, not to mention 100X better than anything from the store! It’s basically granola in a bar form.
Ever since I shared my go-to granola recipe I knew that I wanted to incorporate similar ingredients into a granola bar recipe.
These homemade granola bars are nutty, soft, chewy, and not overly sweet — sweetened with just the perfect amount of brown sugar and honey. Also, a drizzle of dark chocolate totally makes these a little extra tasty and 100% kids approved!
Ingredients for Granola Bars
To make soft granola bar recipe, you will need the following ingredients:
- old-fashioned oats
- whole almonds
- chia seeds
- flax seeds
- brown sugar
- coconut oil
- dried cranberries
- dark chocolate
How to Make Granola Bars
- Toast the oats, nuts, and seeds: Start off with toasting the oats, nuts, and seeds on a large baking sheet in a preheated 350F oven for about 10 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Transfer to a large mixing bowl. Toasting gives the bars a much deeper taste and a little crunch.
- Make the sugar mixture: Combine the sugar, coconut oil, honey, vanilla, and salt in a saucepan over medium-low heat until the sugar dissolves.
- Combine oats and sugar mixture: Pour the sugar mixture over the oats and mix really well so that every oat and seed is coated. Stir in cranberries.
- Press into a pan and chill: Spread the mixture into an 8X8 pan lined with parchment paper and using the bottom of a measuring cup, pack down the oats. You want them really tight and packed down. Cover and refrigerate for about 2 hours. Slice into 8 even bars.
- Drizzle with chocolate: Melt the chocolate in a small saucepan and drizzle over the bars.
Storing Granola Bars
To store homemade granola, individually wrap them in wax paper, parchment paper, or plastic wrap and place inside a large ziplock bag.
Bars keep well for several days at room temperature in a cool, dry place, away from any heat or direct light. Or for a couple of weeks in the fridge.
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Soft and chewy granola bars packed with all things good for you, like flax, chia, coconut oil, almonds, and dark chocolate! They make the perfect on the go breakfast or snack.
- 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 cup whole almonds, roughly chopped
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/4 cup flax seeds
- 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp. sea salt
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 4 oz. dark chocolate
- Preheat the oven to 350 F degrees.
- Spread the oats, almonds, chia seeds, and flax seeds on a large baking sheet. Toast the oats for 7-10 minutes or just until slightly golden brown. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and set aside.
- In a small saucepan, combine the brown sugar, coconut oil, honey, vanilla, and salt. Heat the mixture over medium-low heat, stirring, until the sugar has melted.
- Pour the sugar mixture over the oats and with a wooden spoon, stir to thoroughly combine, making sure every oat and seed is coated in the sugar mixture. Stir in the dried cranberries.
- Line an 8X8-inch pan with parchment paper, leaving a few inches overhang on two sides. Spread the mixture evenly in the pan, pressing down firmly. I used a bottom of a measuring cup to press down and really pack the oats, which helps them hold together better.
- Cover the pan tightly with foil and refrigerate for 2 hours. Remove the oat mixture from the pan with the parchment paper and slice into 8 even bars. Set aside.
- Prepare the chocolate drizzle by melting the chocolate in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until smooth. Using a spoon, drizzle the chocolate over the bars and set aside until chocolate is set.
- To store, wrap the granola bars individually in wax paper, parchment paper, or plastic wrap and place in a large ziplock bag. Bars keep well for several days at room temperature in a cool, dry place, away from any heat or direct light. Or for a couple of weeks in the fridge. Bars will slightly harden when stored in the fridge.
Keywords: on the go, school lunch, snack
Recipe published 8/8/2016. Updated 5/30/2021.