Save money and make a hearty, wholesome breakfast for the whole week with these chewy granola bars. Make one recipe or divide the basic mixture and create amazing variations.
I always dread grocery checkout–because I’m afraid to see the total. An average week’s food costs us $150 and that doesn’t include anything fancy. Like that toilet paper with the ridges in it. High class stuff right there folks. We eat very few prepackaged foods and absolutely no convenience items (like pre sliced apples, or pomegranates out of their skin). I can do that myself.
So last week I set out to do a few more things myself. (Because I’m a can-do kind of girl if you haven’t noticed.) To replace the $6 box of protein granola bars my husband and kids eat every week, I made these chewy granola bars. I’ve made lots of granola bars in the past and I have used some great recipes.I don’t know if you can really go wrong with any recipe.
What I like about this one is that you don’t have to bake the granola bars after you mix them, and the recipe allowed me to make the base mixture then divide it between three bowls and add different nuts, fruits, or chocolate so we didn’t have 30 of the same flavor.
That gets old.
Then no one will eat them.
Then the $6 box of store bought ones become cheaper because at least they weren’t wasted.
Feel free to make whatever flavor your family likes. I’ve given you three options here. If yours are too soft to cut easily, place the pan in the fridge for a half hour or so and try again. I had to press mine a couple of times with my hands to get them firm enough. Thanks to Kerrie over at Happy Money Saver for the inspiration.
Chewy Granola Bars
- 1 1/2 cups honey
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- The base mix:
- 4 cups crisp rice cereal
- 2 2/3 cups regular oats
- 2/3 cup ground flax seeds
For Trail Mix Version, Add:
- 1/2 cup chopped dried cherries
- 1/2 cup chopped toasted almonds
For Cinnamon Flax Version, Add:
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon or apple pie spice
For Toasted Coconut and Chocolate Version, Add:
- 2/3 cup toasted coconut
- 1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips
- Line a 9x13 cookie sheet with parchment or wax paper. Set aside.
- Mix the base mix ingredients together in a large bowl.* (see note)
- Add variation ingredients as desired.
- In a medium sauce pan, heat the honey, brown sugar, salt, and coconut oil.
- Bring to a boil and cook one minute until the sugar dissolves.
- Remove from heat and add vanilla.
- Pour equal amounts of the hot liquid between your divided base mixes and mix well. Pour the content of each mix onto the cookie sheet and spread evenly. It's okay if the flavors touch.
- Using a second cookie sheet, press down on the granola very firmly until even and flattened.
- Allow to cool, then cut bars into 2 inch by 4 inch bars. Wrap in plastic wrap and store in a covered container 1 to 2 weeks.