I love the convenience of a homemade granola bar. It can be wrapped up and thrown in a bag, it is is fully customizable, and they can be made for pennies. I can get 16 to 20 granola bars per batch (depending on how thick I cut them), so they cost a fraction of store-bought versions. Even more appealing is the fact that I know exactly what goes into them. As long as they are chewy and have a bit of chocolate, my kids will gobble them up.
These bars are very simple to make. They do, however, require a candy thermometer. Don't let that scare you! Really, this is quite easy.
For this recipe I toasted some oats along with coconut and pecans until they were lightly browned.
Meanwhile, I melted butter, honey, palm sugar, vanilla, and salt.
As soon as the honey mixture reached the soft ball stage (around 240 degrees F), I combined it with the oat mixture in a big bowl. At this point you can add whatever you want. Seeds, dried fruit, chocolate chips, go crazy!
Dump your mixture into a parchment lined (or well greased) dish. I used a 9×13 glass casserole dish. Use some wax paper to really press the mixture down into the pan and even it out. Use an oven mitt because this will still be HOT!
At this point, let the bars cool for a while. While they are still slightly warm, turn them out onto a cutting board and cut them up as you wish.
I like to wrap my bars in individual tin foil sheets. They are pre cut and make the process even more easy, if that is even possible.
These bars don't last long in this house. Especially if my husband knows they are in the cupboard. I have to remind myself that even though these are a homemade snack, they are still a sugary treat and I should treat them as such. But they are soooooooo good.
So, there you have it friends. Go forth and give these a shot. If you are sure to pay attention to your sugar temperature, you will end up with a fully customizable chewy bar that you and your family will love.
- Toast the oats, nuts, and coconut in a 400 degree oven for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Melt the sugar, honey, butter, vanilla, and salt. I use a candy thermometer to let me know when I reach the soft ball stage because I like these chewy. Let it go longer if you like them crunchy!
- Mix the honey mixture with the toasted ingredients in a large bowl. Be careful, this will be HOT!
- Add in the remaining ingredients (dried fruit, chocolate, seeds, etc)
- Press the hot mixture into a (greased or parchment lined) 9x13 dish.
- Cool and cut while slightly warm.