Hi! I’m Caleb Electric Brain! I’m a TBI survivor, and a cook. Today, I’m going teach you how to make Homemade Granola Bars.
I did tweak this recipe a little bit make it more healthy, and also to help the bars keep their shape, but they’re still very good. In this post, I’ll teach you how I make it, but here’s the link to the original recipe if you want to check that out:
(Also, there’s a video down below if you would rather not read all of this :-))
For this recipe, you will need:
- 1 1/8 cups of natural peanut butter (or another natural nut butter)
- 3/4 cup of honey
- 3 Tbsp of coconut oil
- 1 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
- 3/4 tsp of salt
- 2 1/4 cups of old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup of chopped almonds
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
First, line a 9 x 9-inch or 8 1/2 x 11-inch baking pan with parchment paper. This will allow you to easily take the bars out of the pan when they’re done. Now, set the pan aside.
Stir the nut butter, honey, and coconut oil together, in a medium saucepan. Cook it over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture reaches a simmer. Once it does, continue to simmer for 1 minute, stirring often so the bottom of the mixture does not burn. Then, remove the pan from the heat.
Now, add the vanilla and salt, and stir until combined.
Once done, add the oats, almonds, and coconut flakes, separately, stirring with a wooden spoon, until each one has completely combined with the mixture. (Note: This will probably be a bit difficult, because the mixture will thicken a lot while off the heat. But, you can do it! :-))
Did you think this would go so quickly? Well, guess what. It’s time to pour the granola bars into the prepared pan. Now, press the mixture firmly and evenly into the bottom of the pan. (The bottom of a measuring cup works great for pressing.) If you would like, sprinkle and press in some extra coconut flakes on top.
Now, cover the pan with plastic wrap, and refrigerate the granola bars for about an hour or so, or until they are chilled. (refrigerating overnight will also work.) Use the parchment paper to lift the bars out of the pan and transfer them to a cutting board. Now, simply cut them up and enjoy! Or you can store them in a sealed container for up to 5 days, or freeze them for up to 3 months.
Enjoy your homemade granola bars!