Making your own homemade granola bars is the perfect way to create delicious and healthy snacks – without much effort! This simple, yet tasty recipe features crunchy and nutty sesame seeds, rich honey, and smooth and creamy chocolate – perfect for an on-the-go snack. This recipe yields four servings and is a breeze to make!
What You Need
To make your own delicious and homemade granola bar recipe, you will need the following ingredients:
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup sesame seeds
- ½ cup honey
- ½ cup dark chocolate, broken into pieces, or chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
Toast the Oats
First, preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Spread the oats onto a baking sheet and bake until the oats are lightly golden brown, stirring occasionally. Be sure to keep an eye on the oats in the oven, as they can burn easily, about doing 12-15 minutes. Once the oats are done toasting, set aside to cool.
Mix the Dry Ingredients
In a large mixing bowl, combine the sesame seeds, the toasted oats, light brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Stir until the ingredients are evenly combined.
Heat the Wet Ingredients
In a small saucepan, heat the honey and coconut oil over low-medium heat until the coconut oil is completely melted. Once melted, whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, until a thick sticky dough forms in the bowl.
Combine the Mixtures
Once the mixtures are combined, fold in the chocolate pieces – stirring until evenly distributed.
Add the Toppings
If desired, feel free to add in other mix-ins to the batter – nuts, dried fruits, seeds, or other goodies.
Press into Pan
Press the granola bar mixture into the greased baking pan with a spoon or your hands – making sure to even and smooth the top.
Set in the Refrigerator
Once pressed, set the baking pan into the refrigerator for at least two hours to cool and set.
Cut into Bars
Once the granola bar mixture is chilled, cut into even bars.
Serve and Enjoy!
Take out a couple bars, wrap them up on-the-go, and enjoy them! These homemade granola bars are best served within three days – anytime after that, the bars will begin to lose their crunchiness.
Modifications and Tips
For those looking for added nutrition, try adding in some chia seeds or hemp hearts – both a great source of added protein and fiber. Other mix-ins may include nut or seed butter, shredded coconut, or quinoa flakes. Dried fruit like raisins, pineapple or banana chips, and dried cranberries can sweeten these up naturally for an even bigger antioxidant boost.
To Wrap Things Up
When looking for a healthy and delicious snack, homemade granola bars are the perfect choice! This simple, yet tasty recipe yields four servings and is a breeze to make. Thanks to the wholesome ingredients, this delicious granola bar recipe can be shared with the entire family for a mid-afternoon snack!