When I made these Healthy Chewy Apple Cinnamon Granola Bars a few weeks ago, I really loved them but I have to admit, my boys wondered where the chocolate chips were. To them, a granola bar has chocolate chips, so why in the world would I leave those out? Little Boy #3 is notorious for asking for a granola bar, picking out all the chocolate chips and then walking away and leaving a mess of granola crumbs that got in his way. Boo to that says this mama!
So I kind of took it as a challenge to see if I could tweak that recipe a bit to make a granola bar that tasted like the store bought version they are used to. It’s kind of nice to be able to make them with a bit of honey instead of corn syrup, and add in some healthy fat from coconut oil, right? So these are what I came up with, and I must say they are pretty darn close. The texture is right on, and the flavor is very close. The only difference is the slight flavor of honey.
These are a snap to make, and it was great to be able to wrap them up individually in plastic wrap and throw them in the snack bin so the little guys could just help themselves for breakfast or snacks. Only one rule – No picking out the chocolate chips!
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- 2 cups old fashioned oats
- 4 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1/4 cup brown sugar packed
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups Rice Krispies cereal
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare an 8 by 8 inch baking dish by lining it with parchment paper and spraying with nonstick spray. This will make it easy to remove the bars from the pan to cut them later.
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt coconut oil, brown sugar, and honey together. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Bring it to a gentle simmer and let it bubble away for a 1-2 minutes. Add vanilla extract. Then remove it from the heat to cool slightly.
- Spread out the old fashioned oats onto a baking sheet, and toast them in the oven for 3-5 minutes. Watch closely for the oats to turn golden brown and then take them out right away. This step will just enhance the flavor.
- In a large bowl, combine the toasted oats with the puffed rice cereal and salt. Pour the slightly cooled honey mixture over the oat mixture, and stir to coat.
- If the granola mixture is not longer hot to the touch, stir in the chocolate chips. Press the mixture into the pan firmly using another piece of parchment paper so they won’t stick to your hands. Chill for an hour in the fridge to make crisp lines when you cut them, and then wrap up with plastic wrap and store at room temp.