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If you’re ready for a wholesome and delicious way to start the day, these Honey Oat Granola Bars are perfection. Made with simple pantry staples, you’ll never have the need for store-bought breakfast bars ever again.
The best part about making homemade granola bars is that they’re really simple to do. When you can make a delicious oat bar recipe like this one and have success every time, why not keep going with that tasty momentum? While these are great to meal prep for a quick breakfast, they’re also good for simple snacks throughout the day as well.
why you’ll love these oat and honey granola bars
- Fast, flavorful, and easy to make!
- Loaded with healthy ingredients to start the day.
- Perfectly crisp outer layer with a nice chewy texture
Ingredients to make Honey Oat Granola Bars
- Old fashioned rolled oats: Quick oats won’t work for this recipe since they are softer so make sure that you have old fashioned oats.
- Whole almonds: Adding whole almonds adds a great crunch to these simple granola bars. You can also chop them up lightly.
- Honey: The honey helps to add natural sweetness and is the binding agent that keeps all the ingredients sticking together.
- Dark brown sugar: Just a bit of brown sugar to add a tad bit more sweetness!
- Unsalted butter: If you only have unsalted butter to use for this recipe, make sure to omit the extra added salt.
- Flavoring: Vanilla extra, cinnamon and salt to balance the sweetness.
- Ground flaxseed: When you can add flaxseed to recipes, do so! This is a great way to add a big boost of fiber and it helps bind the ingredients together as well similar to a flax egg.
How to make granola bars
- First roast the oats and almonds. It’s a good idea to chop the almonds into smaller pieces which will minimize the granola bars from falling part, but it’s not necessary. After you have the oats and almonds toasted, you can proceed with the recipe as follows
- Add the brown sugar, honey, and butter into a small saucepan on the stove.
- Once melted and mixed well, add in the vanilla and seasonings.
- Combine the mixture with the toasted oats and almonds in the pan.
- Place the mixture into a square pan and press it down so it’s firmly packed together.
- After chilling in the fridge, remove the granola mixture from the pan.
- Cut the granola mixture into bars and enjoy!
Tips for making no bake granola bars
- Use a square baking pan with even straight edges. That creates the best outcome for cutting straight granola bars that look like they’re store bought.
- Double grease your 8” x 8” pan if needed. The pans I use are so great for non-stick baking. But if are worried about yours, I recommend greasing the baking pan, lining it with parchment paper, and then greasing the parchment paper.
- Press down the mixture tightly into the pan. Since you’re not actually putting the granola bar mixture into the oven, press the mixture down in the pan well. Pressing down the granola with the back of a spatula or parchment paper will help it to stick together and not fall apart when cutting it.
- Don’t skip the toasting step. This helps them to dry out they won’t release too much moisture that could otherwise make the granola bars soggy. It also helps to enhance their flavor so they are more nutty and pronounced. Make sure to spread them apart and shake the pan a couple times while toasting.
popular substitutions & additions
- Switch out the almonds. If almonds aren’t your favorite, feel free to substitute with any other nut you like, including walnuts, pecans, cashews, or hazelnuts!
- Add dried fruit: Adding in dried fruit like raisins, craisins, or even chopped up dates can be a great way to add a hint of natural sweetness. Add between ¼ and ½ cup.
- Add chocolate chips: There’s always room for chocolate, right? Chocolate chips or even cocoa nibs are a great flavor for this recipe. Make sure to allow the granola mixture to cool before adding the chocolate chips so they don’t melt. Add between ¼ and ½ cup.
- Make it vegan. If you’d like to make these vegan, you can substitute coconut oil for the butter and agave or maple syrup for the honey. Just be aware that some of these substitutions will bring their own flavors into the mix—if you don’t want your granola bars to have tropical or pancake breakfast vibes, make sure to use agave syrup and refined coconut oil, which are both neutral in flavor.
how to store breakfast granola bars
best way to store homemade granola bars
Keeping the granola bars airtight is key. As long as you have them in a container with a lid that will lock out the air, this is the best way to keep them fresh.
how long will healthy granola bars last in the fridge?
You can store these in the fridge for up to 7 days as long as they are sealed in an airtight container. These can also be stored at room temperature as well, for the same duration of time.
can i freeze granola bars?
Yes. If you want to freeze this granola recipe, just make the recipe in its entirety and then freezer the individual granola bars. Wrapping them in saran wrap and them putting them inside a freezer-safe bag is the best way to make sure that they’re not freezer-burnt.
Frequently asked questions
You may not have added enough honey to keep the ingredients stuck together. Also, make sure that you’re adding enough pressure to pack them tightly in the pan and letting them rest in the fridge for at least two hours prior to cutting into them.
In our house it does! It’s a fast and easy breakfast that we all love and they are great on-the-go on the way to school for the kids.
Pairing granola bars with eggs, yogurt, or even a bowl of fresh fruit helps to complete a well balanced breakfast for everyone to enjoy.
As you can see, this simple breakfast granola bar recipe is one that not only looks great but is loaded with great flavors, too! These would be perfect to meal prep for the week so that everyone can grab a quick breakfast as they’re running out the door!
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Preheat oven to 350°F and line a rimmed half baking sheet with parchment paper.
Spread the oats and chopped almonds in an even layer on the prepared baking sheet and bake until light brown and smelling toasty, stirring regularly, about 10-15 minutes.
Line an 8” x 8” baking pan with parchment paper.
While the oats and almonds are toasting, combine the honey, brown sugar, and butter in a heavy-bottomed medium saucepan over medium heat and stir until melted. Stir in salt, cinnamon, and vanilla, then fold in the toasted oats mixture and ground flaxseed until evenly distributed.
Scrape into prepared baking pan and spread out. Use a piece of parchment paper to press down and level out the mixture to the edges.
Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours. Once solid, lift from the pan using the parchment paper, and use a very sharp knife to cut into 12 granola bars.
Storage: Store the homemade granola bars in an airtight container. They can be kept in the fridge or at room temperature for up to 7 days.
Calories: 200kcal, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 10mg, Sodium: 52mg, Potassium: 154mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 119IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 48mg, Iron: 1mg
Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.