John and I love granola bars - they are the perfect snack to hold you over for the 15-45 minutes that is sometimes needed to make it to dinner (…and to help combat those hanger onsets). John alone can go through a box of bars in a week – no joke, some days he will eat like three bars in a day!! This is totally fine, except Kind bars (which are our favorite) aren’t exactly the cheapest things ever…
In effort to stock up on granola bars and have some healthy snacks, we decided to make our own! The almond and coconut Kind bars are my favorite, so I decided I was going to model mine after those. They were quite simple to make, and turned out fabulous!
The ones I made are crunchy, so they also make the perfect bar to crumble into some Greek yogurt for breakfast (John has even crumbled them and ate them with milk like cereal). The consistency is very much like a Nature Valley granola bar.
Anyway… what you need:
- 7 Cups of old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 Cup of vegetable oil
- 1 Teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 Cup of sliced almonds
- 1 Cup of coconut
- 3/4 Cup of honey
- 3/4 Cup of brown sugar
- 1 Tablespoon of vanilla extract
- 2 Teaspoons of ground cinnamon
1. In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, coconut, almonds, salt, and oil until evenly coated.
2. Transfer to a baking sheet and toast the mixture in the oven at 300 degrees, for 25-30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
3. While you are toasting the oats, in a sauce pan, combine the brown sugar and honey until smooth. Then add the vanilla and cinnamon.
4. Next, combine the oat mixture with the honey and brown sugar. Stir until well coated.
5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and coat with a non-stick spray. Put the mixed granola onto the baking sheet, making a flat and even layer. Make sure to press the granola very tight so that it won't easily crumble. I found that using the bottom of a smaller baking sheet helped in pressing the layer tight.
6. Bake at 300 degrees for 35-40 minutes.
7. After baking, let cool for 10 minutes and then cut the bars (I used a pizza cutter). Don't wait too long to cut the bars or they will harden after about 20 minutes.
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