Oats and Honey Chewy Granola Bars

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Today I am making homemade amazingness. Incidentally, Oats and Honey Chewy Granola bars are one of the items that I cannot buy already made in a store. Above all, our family loves to eat snacks. What more, we love to have snacks on hand instead of buying them from a store. As for healthy, these do not quite fit the bill, but they are made with ingredients that you can have in your pantry like oats, honey and brown sugar.

Monica eating an Oats and Honey Granola Bar wearing blue and white striped shirt

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This post was originally published on December 3, 2015.
Updated February 22, 2022

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Why to make more

Can you say it with me?
“YUM”
Pure deliciousness.
Yum.
If you have ever experienced the joy of eating an Oats and Honey granola bar, not the super crunchy ones but the soft crunchy ones, then this post is for you. Tyler has been asking me to make a crunchy granola bar for years! Therefore, I am going to share my recipe for homemade Oats and Honey chewy-crunchy granola bars! 

One Oats and Honey Granola Bar in a Tupperware container

This is what is left over from the batch I made a few days ago. One is the loneliest number, so I am making him friends! Additionally, having Oats and Honey Granola Bars on hand helps curb the ever present “after school cravings” that kids always seem to have.

Oats and Honey Recipe Cost

What is the cost to buy verses make these Oats and Honey Granola Bars? A box of the name brand granola bars cost around $3.00, sometimes on sale for 2/$5.00 and with 10 in a box they come to $0.25-$0.35 each. When I made them the first time, I bought coconut oil for $4.99 and will get 6 batches from that jar. With that cost plus other ingredients I already had, individual bar cost drops to $0.05-$0.08 each. Yeah!!! I have a recipe for another granola bar too, a fruit and nut one that I will make again soon.

Comparing the two, a name brand and store-bought Oats and Honey Granola Bar for $0.35 each or Homemade deliciousness for $0.08 each. With six people in our family, we will take the From Scratch version and save a bunch of money. 

For an example, as a family we can eat an average of 3 boxes of granola bars a week. That is a cost weekly at $9 and monthly $36. Since I began making homemade granola bars, we have saved $30 from November to December 2015. 

Updated Cost for Oats and Honey Granola Bars

Since initially writing this post back in 2015, prices have changed in a big way. On the other hand, in 2022, the price for a box of 10 Oats and Honey Chewy Granola Bars is $2.70-$3.50. Mostly I cannot buy and eat these granola bars because they always come with the food warning, “may contain Tree Nuts”.  With an almond allergy, buying these is a big no-no. So, I go ahead and bake them myself and enjoy them with the knowledge they will be “Tree Nut Free”. 

Oats and Honey Granola Bar Recipe

Ingredients:

3 1/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats
3/4 cup crispy rice cereal
2/3 cup flour
3 Tbsp brown sugar
3/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
2/3 cup honey
1/3 cup melted coconut oil
2 tsp vanilla

Ingredients for Oats and Honey Granola bar

Directions:

1. First, line a 9X13 pan with parchment paper and set it aside.
2. Next, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. 
3. In a large bowl add oats, flour, brown sugar, cereal, salt, and baking soda and then stir.
4. Measure 1/3 cup coconut oil into a microwavable measuring dish – my preferred and easier method is to use a glass microwave-safe measuring cup and then microwave the coconut oil for 30-60 seconds to melt completely.
5. Add honey to the melted coconut oil and then mix well with a spoon.
6. After that, add the vanilla into this coconut and honey mixture and then mix well.

7. Next, drizzle the melted coconut mixture over Oats and then stir with a spatula until completely combined. I LOVE my huge Rachel Ray spatula for this purpose because the handle is super sturdy, and the large paddle helps to get all of the coconut-honey-stickiness out of the bowl! Check out Amazon to see if they have it on sale. Typically, you can find the set of three for a great price!

8. Then, transfer this entire mixture into the prepared pan.

All ingredients mixed poured in prepared baking dish

9. Use a small flat-bottomed pan to press the mixture down flat and then set this aside for later. Additionally, once the Oats and Honey Granola Bars have finished baking, you will need this pan to press them down a second and final time. 

hand using a small bake dish to smash ingredients flat in pan

10. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. For example, when making these granola bars, I bake them for only 22 minutes because the bars end up right between chewy and crunchy. On the other hand, bake longer for crispier granola bars.

Bake Oats and Honey granola bars for 22 minutes

11. Remove finished bars from the oven and use the same flat small pan to again press the mixture down flat. They will flatten more and also allow for the Oats and Honey Granola Bars to be chewy.

use small pan to smash down Oats and Honey granola bar after out of oven

12. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes.
13. Use parchment paper to transfer the bars onto a cutting board and then let the granola bars cool 5 more minutes. 

Oats and Honey granola bars resting on wood cutting board to cool

14. Cut into bars with a long and serrated knife. This recipe makes 15 very nice sized Oats and Honey Granola bars. Then, store them in an airtight container. Enjoy!

~Monica

Oats and Honey Chewy Granola Bars Recipe

Ingredients

3 1/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats
3/4 cup crispy rice cereal
2/3 cup flour
3 Tbsp brown sugar
3/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
2/3 cup honey
1/3 cup melted coconut oil
2 tsp vanilla

Oats and Honey Granola Bars Directions

1. First, prep your baking pan by lining a 9X13 pan with parchment paper, then set aside.
2. Second, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
3. In a large bowl measure and add oats, flour, brown sugar, cereal, salt, and baking soda. Then, stir well to fully combine the ingredients.
4. Measure 1/3 cup coconut oil into microwavable measuring cup and microwave for 1 minute until melted.
5. Add honey to the melted coconut oil and then mix well with a fork or whisk.
6. Add vanilla into mixture and mix well.
7. Drizzle coconut mixture over oats and stir until completely combined. Then transfer mixture into prepared pan.
8. Use a small flat-bottomed pan to press the mixture down flat, then set this aside for later. Additionally, once the Oats and Honey granola bars are finished baking you will press them down flat a second time.
9. Bake at 350′ for 20-25 minutes.
10. Remove the baked granola bars from the oven and then use the same flat small pan to again press the mixture down flat. They will flatten more. Additionally, let the Oats and Honey Granola Bars cool in the pan for 15 minutes.
11. Cut into bars using a long and serrated knife. Makes 15 very nice sized granola bars. Then store the granola bars in an airtight container. Enjoy!

Published by Monica's Scratch Kitchen

I have not always had the skills to cook and bake from scratch. As a young wife, I bought every meal frozen or boxed and presented it to my husband with a flourish, believing myself a decadent cook. As our budget shrunk, and our family grew, I looked for ways to stretch our money to nourish our kids with the best for their hungry appetites. Hoping to find recipes and meals that they would love to eat. Through the last 5 years, I have learned so many cooking and baking lessons, and experienced many wins and failures. Come along with me on this journey as I share my recipes that work, how to make them on the cheap, and my tips and tricks to get my kids to eat homemade deliciousness! I will also share updates to our house that we have done in the last year since our move. With one income, we do most of the work ourselves and with amazing family and friends to help out, cutting costs but keeping style and money in the bank! I am a wife and mother of 3 boys and 1 princess. When I was a kid, I remember being asked what I wanted to be or do when I grew up. My response was, "a mom", and I am proud to grow up and be a mom to 4 amazing kids! Samuel is 11, Matthew is 8, Levi is 4, and Elliana is almost 2. We have been blessed to have kids who love to explore foods, to try new recipes, and enjoy helping us around the house. With 4 kids, you better believe they help clean! My husband Tyler and I have been married almost 13 years. We love our kids, we love outdoors, camping, canoeing, grilling, watching movies, and just hanging out making memories. A few years ago I gifted Tyler with his own "menu" book, where we write meals and foods we have loved to eat. Weekly our family decides what our meals will be and I make up a grocery list with what we need. It literally is my favorite chore! I love to shop, so shopping for food on a budget is my biggest win! Thank you for taking the time and visiting my site, Subscribe so you do not miss a post! Keep coming back to hear about new recipes, updates on our home, fun times with our kids, and how to make homemade deliciousness! ~Monica

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