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Healthy homemade granola bars on white dish

Healthy Homemade Granola Bars

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 min
  • Yield: 16 bars 1x


These healthy granola bars are a perfect on-the-go snack for busy days, and they come together easily for stress-free, nutritious snacking for the whole family! 


  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons flax meal (ground flax seeds)
  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup mix-ins*, optional


  1. Line an 8-inch square baking dish with parchment paper so that it hangs over the sides (you can also use foil -- just be sure to give it a spray of cooking spray), and set aside.
  2. Add the honey, coconut oil, and coconut sugar to a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until the oil melts and the sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally. Bring to a light bubbly simmer, and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat, add the vanilla and salt, and stir to combine.
  4. Add the flax meal, and stir to combine.
  5. Add the oats and any extras you'd like, and stir to combine.
  6. Place all of the oat mixture in the prepared pan. Use a rubber spatula or the bottom of a greased measuring cup to press the mixture firmly into the pan (press it well -- this will help the bars stick together when cut).
  7. If you are adding chocolate, wait about 15 minutes for the mixture to cool a bit before adding the chocolate to the top of the bar, and press the chocolate firmly into the bars with the bottom of a measuring cup.
  8. Chill the granola bars in fridge for at least 1 hour.
  9. Lift the bars from the pan using the edges of the foil or parchment, and place them on a cutting board. Cut into desired shape/sizes and serve.
  10. Extras are best stored in the fridge with layers of parchment paper in between them.


  • *Mix-ins are so fun, and you can add so many things. Feel free to add nuts, shredded coconut, dried fruit, and even chocolate. You have lots and lots of options. No more than 1/2 cup of mix-in's. Too many and they won't stick together as well.
  • My favorite flavor combo is a dash of cinnamon when you add the vanilla, and then stir in chopped pecans, dried blueberries, and a little shredded coconut.
  • My kids love these bars with mini chocolate chips sprinkled on top.
  • If you don't have flax meal, just replace it with more oats. It does help the bars stick together, though, and adds some great nutrition.
  • You can add a scoop of collagen peptides or other protein powder to these when you add the oats if you like.
  • You can double this recipe and place it in a 9x13 inch pan or you can put a single batch in a 9x9 pan, they'll just be a bit thinner.
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 1 min
  • Category: snack
  • Method: no bake
  • Cuisine: American

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