Who does’t love a good granola bar?

My oldest daughter recently took a liking to them, which I was thrilled about!

They’re a healthy snack and one more thing she’ll actually eat! SCORE!

Except, I was paying $5 for 5 granola bars. Yikes.

And she would eat like one a day.

So pretty much every week, I was buying another box of granola bars.

I decided I wanted to try to make my own. How bad could it be? I had made granola before, so why not granola bars?

I scoured the Interwebs for recipes.

I wanted something with chocolate chips.

But still chewy.

Must be toddler approved.

I ended up using parts and pieces of a few different recipes. Here’s what I came up with:

Homemade Granola Bars

3 cups oats

2 tbsp coconut oil

2 tbsp brown sugar

2 tbsp maple syrup

1/4 cup honey

1 tbsp flaxseed

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp sea salt

1-1/2 cups add-ins (I used Craisins, almonds and dark chocolate chips)

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Add oats and almonds to a 9X13 baking dish and toast for 15 minutes.

In a saucepan, add oil, sugar, syrup, honey and spices. Cook until all sugar is dissolved.

Add the oats to the mixture and stir until all of the oats are coated. Stir in your add-ins (this is also when I added my flaxseed).

In a parchment paper-lined 9X9 baking dish, turn out your granola bar mixture. Fold down the parchment paper over the top of the granola and press down, filling in all the corners and creating your “bars.”

Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, but you can refrigerate overnight to help the bars set.

After I refrigerated mine overnight, I took them out the next morning. I melted some dark chocolate chips in my Wilton Candy Melter (best purchase EVER!) and drizzled some on top of the bars and sprinkled the sea salt on top.