AMAZING Homemade Granola Bars | My vegan darling

You’ll love these protein-rich homemade granola bars! They’re sweet, savory and filled with the best superfoods and proteins. The One Chewy Granola Bar Recipe is the only one you’ll ever need.. Make them for quick, on-the-go snacks throughout the week.

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When I tried to remove it from the website because it was too outdated, I received several emails asking where it had gone. I didn’t know people still used these old recipes!

Well, as this turned out to be a fan favorite, I decided to bring it back and make it better than ever! Although the recipe is essentially the same (just a few minor adjustments), I’ve taken the recipe and added step-by-step process plans to make it easier than ever to make your own homemade granola bars.

These vegan granola bars are filled with nuts, seeds and more superfoods, making it a delicious protein-rich on-the-go snack that you can enjoy any time of the day. And, whether you’ve made homemade granola bars before or not, you’ll find this recipe easy and straightforward.


Ingredients and Substitutions

This recipe is very versatile. It uses a combination of nuts, seeds, dried fruits and oats that you can swap out as you wish. Just aim for about 2 cups of seeds and nuts and ¾ cup of dried fruit so you have the right dry-to-moist ratio.

Here’s everything you need.

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Notes on ingredients

  • Oatmeal – When I make vegan granola bars, I choose very thick old-fashioned oats. You want oats that will hold their shape so you can have that perfect crunchy texture. If you are gluten free, be sure to search gluten free thick cut.
  • Wheat germ – For a gluten-free option, replace it with flax flour.
  • Seeds – I use a combination of sunflower, pumpkin and flax seeds. You can also add sesame or hemp seeds. Just aim for a ⅔ cup total.
  • Nuts – I recommend almonds but feel free to use any nut of your choice.
  • Dried fruit -I like to use a combination of dried cherries and raisins, but you can add dried apricots, figs, or any other dried fruit of your choice. Simply cut the fruit into small pieces and aim for about ¾ cup of dried fruit.
  • Grated coconut – Use unsweetened desiccated coconut.
  • Brown sugar – Discover my guide to vegan sugars and healthy alternatives to sugar.
  • Vegan Butter – Look for a high-quality, non-hydrogenated vegan butter. I recommend either balance of the Earth Or at Miyoko.
  • Vanilla extract
  • Salt

Step by step instructions

Step One: Toast the Nuts and Seeds

In a large bowl, combine the oatmeal, wheat germ, seeds and nuts. Spread the mixture on a large baking sheet and grill for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring every two minutes. Once the oats and seeds are toasted and fragrant, add the shredded coconut and continue to toast for another 2-3 minutes.

Pro Tip: Keep a close eye on the granola at this point. Coconut burns very quickly!

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Remove the granola from the oven and add the dried fruit. Return the nut/seed mixture to the bowl and set aside.

Step Two – Prepare the Syrup

In a small saucepan, combine brown sugar, maple syrup, vegan butter, salt and vanilla. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Once the sugar has completely melted, pour the hot liquids over the oatmeal and mix well.

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Step Three – Shape into Bars

Transfer the granola to the parchment-lined baking sheet evenly. Press the granola onto the baking sheet so that the granola and seeds are compact. Let the granola cool for an hour to allow it to set.

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Once the granola bars have hardened, release the granola by pulling the corners of the parchment paper and cut into bars.

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Serve and store

Portion – Once the granola bars are set up, you can enjoy them immediately.

Storage -Store leftover granola bars in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 7 days. You can also freeze these granola bars for 2 months. When ready to eat, take it out of the freezer for at least 1 hour to thaw.

Tips and tricks

  1. Choose thick old-fashioned oats. These rolled oats maintain their shape and texture when mixed with the other ingredients.
  2. To help the granola bars hold together, press them onto the baking sheet with a spatula or roll them with a 8″ rolling pin.
  3. Feel free to mix and match seeds and nuts like you want. Aim for roughly 2 cups of seeds and nuts and 1 cup of dried fruit.
  4. If you plan to add chocolate, add them once the mixture has cooled to room temperature (about 10 minutes) to prevent the chocolate from melting.
  5. Store them at room temperature for a great on-the-go midday snack.

Frequently asked questions

Can I make this recipe gluten-free?

For sure! Just make sure to search gluten free thick cut oats and replace the wheat germ with flax flour.

How do I keep my granola bars from falling apart?

First, make sure you use all the liquid. Butter and brown sugar hold this recipe together. Second, make sure the bars are tightly packed in a square or rectangular dish and let them rest for at least 1 hour. As the granola bars cool, they will bind together.

Can I freeze these granola bars?

Yes! You can freeze these granola bars for 2 months in an airtight container. Let them cool completely before placing them in a freezer-safe Tupperware or Ziplock bag. When ready to eat, take it out of the freezer for at least 1 hour to thaw.


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Homemade Granola Bars

You’ll love these protein-rich homemade granola bars! Sweet, salty, and filled with the best superfoods and proteins, this chewy granola bar recipe is the only one you’ll ever need.

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Preparation time: ten minutes

Cooking time: ten minutes

Cooling time: 1 hour

Total time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Servings: 20 bars

Calories: 222kilocalories

Ingredients

  • 2 cups old fashioned oatmeal
  • ¼ cup wheat germ
  • cup Sun-flower seeds
  • cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup whole almonds
  • 2 tablespoon. linseed
  • 1 cup grated coconut
  • 1 cup raisins
  • ½ cup Dried cherries
  • ½ cup Maple syrup
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 6 teaspoon vegan butter
  • 2 vs. tsp. vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Line a separate 9×13 pan with parchment paper and set aside.

  • In a large bowl, combine the oatmeal, wheat germ, seeds and nuts. Spread onto a larger baking sheet and toast for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring every two minutes, until the oats and seeds are lightly toasted. Add the grated coconut and continue to toast for another 2-3 minutes. Remove from the oven, stir in the dried fruit. Return the nut/seed mixture to the bowl and set aside.

  • In a saucepan, combine brown sugar, maple syrup, vegan butter, salt and vanilla. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Once the sugar has melted, pour the hot liquids over the oatmeal and mix well.

  • Transfer granola to prepared baking dish, spreading evenly. Press the granola onto the baking sheet so that the granola and seeds are compact. Place the granola in the refrigerator and let it cool for two hours to allow it to set. Release the granola by pulling the corners of the parchment paper and cut it into 20 bars.

  • Store granola bars in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Remarks

Serve and store – Once the granola bars are set up, you can enjoy them immediately. Store leftover granola bars in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 7 days. You can also freeze these granola bars for 2 months. When ready to eat, take it out of the freezer for at least 1 hour to thaw.
Recipe Tips

  1. Use thick old-fashioned oats. These rolled oats maintain their shape and texture when mixed with the other ingredients.
  2. To help the granola bars hold together, press them onto the baking sheet with a spatula or roll them with a 8″ rolling pin.

Variants
Feel free to mix and match seeds and nuts as you like. Aim for roughly 2 cups of seeds and nuts and ¾ cup of dried fruit.
For a gluten-free bar, be sure to search gluten free thick cut oats and replace the wheat germ with flax flour.

Nutrition

Calories: 222kilocalories | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated fat: 3g | Sodium: 46mg | Potassium: 237mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 277UI | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg

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