Homemade granola bars are something that have been on my bucket list for quite some time. I’ve tried a handful of recipes, but the problem that I kept running into was that the bars wouldn’t hold together well. Some recipes were better than others, but most crumbled under pressure (pun intended 😉 ). I finally stumbled upon the perfect recipe. The secret lies in coconut oil! Coconut oil is what helps maintain the shape of the granola bars, while still balancing a neutral flavor. While the recipe I’m sharing is a coconut and chocolate chip based granola bar, I’m sure the ingredients can be swapped out for whatever your heart desires 🙂
(Chocolate Chip and Coconut)
Yield: One 9”x13” Pan
- 2 ½ cups quick oats (pulsed rolled oats can be substituted)
- ½ cup Rice Krispies cereal
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup coconut oil
- ½ cup mini chocolate chips
- ¼ cup honey
- ¼ cup shredded coconut
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- ½ teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350˚F and set aside an ungreased 9”x13” pan.
Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl until thoroughly combined. If using a stand mixer, use paddle attachment and mix on lowest speed.
Transfer mixture to pan and use damp hands to press it in.
Bake for 18 minutes. Score the bars when they first come out of the oven. Cool completely, then cut into bars.