Homemade Thick and Chewy Granola Bars

Healthy, portable, and delicious granola bars packed with assorted nuts, seeds and dried fruit. I have been looking for a chewy granola bar for a while now. It seems like many of the recipes that I have tried that claim to be chewy, just fall apart when you cut them. I wanted a granola bar that is truly chewy but also holds its shape when cut and while I am shoving it into my mouth. ;)  This recipe definitely fits the bill!

Since these granola bars have coconut oil in them, they’re best kept in the fridge. You can even freeze them if you wish (they thaw perfectly). My favorite thing about these granola bars is that they are easily customized to taste with your own favorite fruits and nuts. I used a combination of my favorite nuts and fruits but you can definitely try using any combination of nuts, chopped dried fruits, candy-coated chocolate pieces, or miniature chocolate chips. Hmmmm…raisinets anyone? Now we’re talking! :D

Homemade Thick and Chewy Granola Bars

Healthy, portable, and delicious granola bars packed with assorted nuts, seeds and dried fruit.

Yield: 16 bars

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours and 20 minutes

Ingredients:

2 cups assorted nuts (I used pecans, almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts), divided
1 cup old fashioned oats, divided
1 cup dried fruit (I used cherries, blueberries, raisins, and cranberries)
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1 tablespoon flax seeds
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

Butter the bottom and sides of a 8 X 8 inch baking pan. Put a long piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan, letting the parchment extend up two sides of the pan and overhang slightly on both ends.
In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade, process 1 cup of assorted nuts and 1/2 cup old fashioned oats until fine. Transfer to a large bowl. Add the remaining 1/2 cup of old fashioned oats, dried fruit, sesame seeds and flax seeds; mix well and set aside.Roughly chop the remaining nuts and add to the bowl.
In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring the honey, coconut oil, salt, vanilla extract, almond extract, and cinnamon to a boil. Cook for about 1 minute, then pour over the nut mixture and mix thoroughly to coat all the ingredients.
Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Using a small piece of parchment paper, press mixture evenly into pan; refrigerate until firm, about 4 hours.
Using a sharp knife, cut chilled granola into bars. Wrap individually in saran wrap and store in the fridge or freezer.

Source: adapted from Iowa Girl Eats originally adapted from Joyful Abode

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15 Responses to “Homemade Thick and Chewy Granola Bars”

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    the second serving — July 25, 2012 @ 10:20 am

    I like that you use coconut oil! Perfect on-the-go snack

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    Becca Heflin (@ItsYummi) — July 25, 2012 @ 10:31 am

    DANG! They look SO good and absolutely PERFECTLY chewy, just the way I like them. Problem is, I bet that coconut oil is what keeps them chewy, and I’m allergic to it :( I know that I could use corn syrup, but I really try not to because it’s so unhealthy

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    Michael Ann — July 25, 2012 @ 10:32 am

    These look perfect! I’ve always wanted to make my own granola bars too but haven’t tried any of the recipes I’ve clipped. I trust your recipes since they always turn out great :-) Where do you get coconut oil? Probably the health food store?

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    Teresa's Thoughts for Today — July 25, 2012 @ 2:52 pm

    I do not coconut, so what other kind of oil could I use. Would canola or walnut oil be OK?

    • Christina replied: — July 27th, 2012 @ 4:33 pm

      You need to use something that solidifies and holds the bars together,you can try submitting butter for the coconut oil. If you give them a try I would love to hear how they turn out for you! :)

      • Teresa's Thoughts for TodayT replied: — August 1st, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

        I used unsalted butter and they turned out yummy!!! I LOVE them — my new favorites.

        • Christina replied: — August 2nd, 2012 @ 7:37 am

          Yea!! I love to hear it Teresa! Thanks so much for letting me know how they turned out with the butter. :) I might need to whip up another batch…they went fast around here! ;)

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    thehungrymum — July 25, 2012 @ 10:05 pm

    What a great idea for the lunchbox. Your presentation is so pretty x

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    Baker Street (@bakerstreet29) — July 25, 2012 @ 10:48 pm

    I love homemade granola in every form and this is right up my alley. Love the addition of coconut oil.

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    Patricia Powell Jones — July 26, 2012 @ 7:21 pm

    I made these bars this afternoon and they are in the fridge right now. My only change in the recipe was that I added dried apricots to the mix. I teach yoga, so I plan on sharing these wonderful bars with my yoga girls. They look so good, can hardly wait to try them. Thanks for the recipe.

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    Patricia Powell Jones — July 27, 2012 @ 7:54 am

    I just finished cutting and wrapping the granola bars. They are out of this world. The best I have ever eaten. Will definitely make these many times.

    • Christina replied: — July 27th, 2012 @ 4:25 pm

      Patricia,
      I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed the granola bars! I bet the added apricots were delicious! Thanks so much for sharing how they came out for you! :)

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    sweetaddict — July 27, 2012 @ 11:38 am

    yes to raisinettes, and craisins!

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    Fran@fransfavs.com — August 13, 2012 @ 11:27 am

    Christina, made and posted these! They are truly scrumptious. I had had the recipe on my “must try” list for a while, and your post was just the push I needed. Thanks!

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