Homemade granola bars. We eat them constantly. I started making these a few years ago when I got sick of paying almost $4 for a box of 6 granola bars. My husband likes to take a granola bar every day to work and my son eats them constantly so I set out to find a better (cheaper and healthier) bar.
Low and behold I stumbled upon a recipe that I have molded and changed over the years. I can’t even remember where I found the original.
Here are my ingredients. All bought at Aldi. (The full recipe follows below.)
You can sub out the coconut oil for vegetable oil if you prefer
First things first, you mix the dry ingredients.
And then you add the wet to the dry. Technically you are supposed to mix the wet ingredients together separately and then put them into the dry, but I have made these enough I don’t taste any difference when I mix them all together. Why waste a bowl if it’s not needed is my theory!
Voila! Easy easy. I always double the recipe because we eat them so much I don’t want to be making them every week. Once it is all combined, put it in an 9×13 pan.
And put it in the oven for 15-18 min at 350 degrees. When they come out I let them cool while I chase my son around or do housework. Once cooled I cut them into bars (the size is your preference) and wrap them in foil. I use regular foil and just tear it in half once I get a sheet off the roll. Super easy.
After I get them all wrapped I put them in a Ziploc freezer bag and pop them in the freezer. By the time my husband eats it at work it is nice and thawed out and gooey. Yummmm
I love this recipe because of its versatility. I have made it with raisins, chocolate chips and coconut and craisins. They all work very well. These take me no time at all to make and cost pennies on the dollar for a big batch. Enjoy!
Homemade Granola Bars
2 cups oats
1 cup flour
3/4 cup brown sugar (I use a little less than a half)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup coconut oil (or vegetable oil)
1/2 cup honey
2 tsp. vanilla
Combine dry ingredients. Combine wet ingredients. Add wet to dry. Put in greased 9×13 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 min. Enjoy!