This post is all about how to make a chewy and from scratch Oats and Honey Granola Bars.
Published on December 3, 2015.
Updated February 22, 2022
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Today I am making homemade amazingness. Incidentally, Oats and Honey Chewy Granola bars are one of the items that I cannot buy already made in a store. Above all, our family loves to eat snacks. What more, we love to have snacks on hand instead of buying them from a store. As for healthy, these do not quite fit the bill, but they are made with ingredients that you can have in your pantry like oats, honey and brown sugar.
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If you have ever experienced the joy of eating an Oats and Honey granola bar, not the super crunchy ones but the soft crunchy ones, then this post is for you. Tyler has been asking me to make a crunchy granola bar for years! Therefore, I am going to share my recipe for homemade Oats and Honey chewy-crunchy granola bars!
This is what is left over from the batch I made a few days ago. One is the loneliest number, so I am making him friends! Additionally, having Oats and Honey Granola Bars on hand helps curb the ever present “after school cravings” that kids always seem to have.
Oats and Honey Recipe Cost
What is the cost to buy verses make these Oats and Honey Granola Bars? A box of the name brand granola bars cost around $3.00, sometimes on sale for 2/$5.00 and with 10 in a box they come to $0.25-$0.35 each.
When I made them the first time, I bought coconut oil for $4.99 and will get 6 batches from that jar. With that cost plus other ingredients I already had, individual bar cost drops to $0.05-$0.08 each. Yeah!!! I have a recipe for another granola bar too, a fruit and nut one that I will make again soon.
Comparing the two, a name brand and store-bought Oats and Honey Granola Bar for $0.35 each or Homemade deliciousness for $0.08 each. With six people in our family, we will take the From Scratch version and save a bunch of money.
For an example, as a family we can eat an average of 3 boxes of granola bars a week. That is a cost weekly at $9 and monthly $36. Since I began making homemade granola bars, we have saved $30 from November to December 2015.
Updated Cost for Oats and Honey Granola Bars
Since initially writing this post back in 2015, prices have changed in a big way. On the other hand, in 2022, the price for a box of 10 Oats and Honey Chewy Granola Bars is $2.70-$3.50. Mostly I cannot buy and eat these granola bars because they always come with the food warning, “may contain Tree Nuts”. With an almond allergy, buying these is a big no-no. So, I go ahead and bake them myself and enjoy them with the knowledge they will be “Tree Nut Free”.
Oats and Honey Granola Bar Recipe
3 1/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats
3/4 cup crispy rice cereal
2/3 cup flour
3 Tbsp brown sugar
3/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
2/3 cup honey
1/3 cup melted coconut oil
2 tsp vanilla
1. First, line a 9 X 13-icch baking pan with parchment paper and set it aside.
2. Next, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
3. In a large bowl add 3 1/2 cups Old Fashioned Oats, 2/3 cups flour, 3 Tbsp brown sugar, 3/4 cups rice cereal, 3/4 tsp salt, and 3/4 tsp baking soda and then stir.
There are three ingredients used to make the oats mixture combine. The first is Vanilla Extract, the second is Honey and the third is Coconut Oil. These three ingredients combine to make the Oats and Honey Granola Bars not only chewy, but also to remain soft and delicious.
Using coconut oil has many benefits over traditional oil. Coconut oil may have antimicrobial properties, may encourage fat burning, works as a quick source of energy and helps to reduce hunger.
Whenever I try to make a recipe that is healthier, or hidden healthy, using coconut oil is a go-to substitute for vegetable oil.
4. Measure 1/3 cup coconut oil into a microwavable measuring dish – my preferred and easier method is to use a glass microwave-safe measuring cup and then microwave the coconut oil for 30-60 seconds to melt completely. Use a knife or a spoon to get the coconut oil out of the jar and into the microwave safe dish.
5. Add honey to the melted coconut oil and then mix well with a spoon.
6. After that, add the 2 tsp vanilla extract into this coconut and honey mixture and then mix well.
Last year I made Homemade Vanilla Extract, check it out by clicking the link below!
It is super easy and SO amazingly delicious. The honey and melted coconut oil mix very well together but the vanilla extract pools in little bubbles all by itself on top of the others. This is ok! Mix as well as you can, with a whisk if desired.
7. Next, drizzle the melted coconut mixture over Oats and then stir with a spatula until completely combined. I LOVE my huge Rachel Ray spatula for this purpose because the handle is super sturdy, and the large paddle helps to get all of the coconut-honey-stickiness out of the bowl! Check out Amazon to see if they have it on sale. Typically, you can find the set of three for a great price!
8. Then, transfer this entire mixture into the prepared pan.
9. Use a small flat-bottomed pan to press the mixture down flat and then set this aside for later. Additionally, once the Oats and Honey Granola Bars have finished baking, you will need this pan to press them down a second and final time.
10. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. For example, when making these granola bars, I bake them for only 22 minutes because the bars end up right between chewy and crunchy. On the other hand, bake longer for crispier granola bars.
11. Remove finished bars from the oven and use the same flat small pan to again press the mixture down flat. They will flatten more and also allow for the Oats and Honey Granola Bars to be chewy.
12. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes.
13. Use parchment paper to transfer the bars onto a cutting board and then let the granola bars cool 5 more minutes.
14. Cut into bars with a long and serrated knife.
This recipe makes 15 very nice sized Oats and Honey Granola bars. Then, store them in an airtight container.
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This post was all about how to make Chewy Oats and Honey Granola Bars.
Oats and Honey Chewy Granola Bars
- 9 X 13-inch bake dish
- Measuring Cup
- Measuring spoons
- Large Bowl
- Small flat-bottomed dish
- 3 1/4 cups Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
- 3/4 cup Crispy Rice Cereal
- 2/3 cup Flour
- 3 Tbsp Brown Sugar
- 3/4 tsp Baking Soda
- 3/4 tsp Salt
- 2/3 cup Honey
- 1/3 cup Coconut Oil melted
- 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- Prep your baking pan by lining a 9 X 13-inch pan with parchment paper, then set aside.
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl measure and add 3 1/2 cups Old Fashioned Oats, 2/3 cup flour, 3 Tbsp brown sugar, 3/4 cup rice cereal, 3/4 tsp salt, and 3/4 tsp baking soda, then stir well to fully combine the ingredients.
- Measure 1/3 cup coconut oil into microwavable measuring cup and microwave for 1 minute until melted.
- Add 2/3 cups honey to the melted coconut oil and then mix well with a fork or whisk.
- Add 2 tsp vanilla extract into mixture and then mix well.
- Drizzle coconut mixture over oats and stir until completely combined.
- Transfer the oats mixture into the prepared pan.
- Use a small flat-bottomed pan to press the mixture down flat, then set this aside for later.
- Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 22 minutes.
- Remove the baked granola bars from the oven and then use the same flat small pan to again press the mixture down flat.
- They will flatten more, additionally, let the Oats and Honey Granola Bars cool in the pan for 15 minutes.
- Cut into bars using a long and serrated knife, this recipe makes 15 very nice sized granola bars.
- Store the granola bars in an airtight container.
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