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Healthy Homemade Granola Bars

Healthy Homemade Granola Bars - Photo

These simple healthy homemade granola bars are not too sweet and filled with nutrient dense oats, flax and hemp seeds. These granola bars are the perfect snack, lunchbox treat and on the go breakfast for kids and adults!  They are also super simple to make just measure all of the ingredients and then mix them together in one bowl!

Oat and Honey Granola Bars - photo

I find many homemade granola bars (including one of mine) are made with a nut or seed butter and I really wanted a simple classic granola bar that was a bit lighter.  I also wanted one that could also be great for lunch boxes (when the day comes that I start packing again) that didn’t use sunbutter because my kids go in and out of phases in liking the taste of sunbutter.  

Refined Sugar Free Homemade Granola Bars - Photo

They are a classic granola bar that can be left simple or jazzed up!  There are so many fun variations and adaptations you can take with these bars.  This is what we have done so far but I am going to continue to build on these!  

Healthy Chocolate Chip Granola Bar - Photo

Variations for Healthy Homemade Granola Bars

Classic and Simple 

Chocolate Chip – add 2 tbsp of mini chocolate chips

Chocolate Drizzle – melt 2 tbsp of dark chocolate and drizzle it over 

Oatmeal Raisin – add 1 tbsp of cinnamon and 2 tbsp of raisins

Vanilla Cranberry or Almond – add a tsp of vanilla and 2 tbsp dried cranberries or almonds 

Super Seed – Add 2 tbsp of your favorite seeds – pumpkin, sunflower or chia or a blend 

Homemade Granola Bars - Photo

Healthy Homemade Granola Bars - Photo

Healthy Homemade Granola Bars

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Course:Breakfast, Snack
Keyword:Bars, Dairy Free, Easy Recipe, Gluten Free, Granola Bars, Kid Friendly, lunchbox Idea, One Bowl, quick and easy, Refined Sugar Free, Snack

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp ground flax
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds chia works too
  • 2 tbsp oat flour almond flour works as well
  • 1/2 cup rice cereal brown, regular or quinoa pop
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup melted liquid coconut oil (or butter)
  • 2 tbsp extras (chocolate chips, raisins, seeds, see variations in notes below) optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 and line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper (or lightly grease)
  • Combine melted coconut oil and honey in a medium bowl
  • Add in remaining ingredients
  • If you are adding any extras fold in now
  • Pour and press the mixture firmly into the pan
  • Bake 20 minutes and then let cook at least 10 minutes before removing from pan
  • Cool on a wire rack for at least 15 minutes before slicing (preferably longer if you have the time)

Notes

Classic and Simple 
Chocolate Chip - add 2 tbsp of mini chocolate chips
Chocolate Drizzle - melt 2 tbsp of dark chocolate and drizzle it over 
Oatmeal Raisin - add 1 tbsp of cinnamon and 2 tbsp of raisins
Vanilla Cranberry or Almond - add a tsp of vanilla and 2 tbsp dried cranberries or almonds 
Super Seed - Add 2 tbsp of your favorite seeds - pumpkin, sunflower or chia or a blend 
Note: Coconut Oil - they do have a hint of coconut so I would recommend using butter or an earth balance butter if you do not like coconut.  We don’t love coconut and don’t mind the flavor here but I wanted to give the disclaimer.  
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