Granola Bars are a great on-the-go snack, and they are surprisingly easy to make. This crunchy granola bar recipe only has a handful of ingredients, and is much healthier than the store-bought version. These granola bars are very similar to the Nature Valley Crunchy products that you may be familiar with.
Yesterday I decided that I had a jar of honey that, while delicious, had been in the pantry for long enough. I had purchased creamed honey from Vintage Bee, and had gone a little overboard when I purchased several jars at once. Creamed honey is regular honey that goes through a specialized natural process to maintain its pure, raw, & unfiltered state by slowly spinning it make it nice and creamy. So, I wanted to use my jar of Cinnamon Creamed Honey, and this recipe was perfect. Now, all that being said, this recipe is perfectly do-able with any honey that you have on hand, so don’t think that you are required to buy creamed honey in order to make these granola bars.
Cinnamon Oats & Honey Granola Bars
Recipe inspiration: Betty Crocker
2 ½ c oats, divided
1/2 t baking soda
dash of kosher salt
¼ c coconut oil
¼ c honey
¼ t ground cinnamon (if using cinnamon honey as described above, omit this ingredient)
¼ c sugar
1 t vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, leaving a bit to overhang the edges.
- Place 1/2 cup of oats in a blender or food processor, pulse into a coarse flour.
- Combine remaining oats, coarse flour oats, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.
- In a microwave-safe bowl, heat coconut oil just until melted. Combine with honey and cinnamon (or Cinnamon Creamed Honey), and vanilla. Combine with oat mixture, stirring well until oats are evenly coated.
- Spread mixture into prepared pan, pressing down firmly and evenly.
- Bake 20 minutes, or until oats are golden.
- Briefly cool on a rack (about 10 minutes), and then remove the granola from the pan using the parchment paper. Cut the bars – you need to do this while they’re still warm and not yet completely crunchy. The granola bars will continue to firm up and get crispy as they cool.
- Once completely cooled, store in an airtight container.