Soft & Chewy Granola Bars

These yummy granola bars are soft, chewy, and perfect for an on the go breakfast or snack! They freeze really well, so also make a great school or work lunchbox treat! I used almond butter, dried apricots, and walnuts, but you can customize the flavors by using different nut or seed butters, dried fruits, & nuts or seeds! There are loads of possible combinations! Here are the ingredients you will need to make them:

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, then line a 9″ square pan with parchment paper:

Add the oats, flax meal, oat flour, salt, and vegan light brown sugar in a large mixing bowl. (Be sure to use certified gluten free oats and oat flour if you need to eat gluten free!) Stir to combine:

Add the nuts, dried fruit, shredded coconut, and chocolate chips. Mix together:

Add the vegan butter to a small glass mixing bowl, and heat in the microwave until it is melted:

Add the vegan honee and nut butter, then whisk until smooth:

Add the applesauce, vanilla, and plant milk. Whisk to combine:

Add the liquid mixture to the dry ingredients. Mix until evenly blended:

Transfer the mixture to your lined pan, then press it in firmly and evenly:

Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 32 to 38 minutes, until the top is golden brown. Cool on a rack.

When completely cooled, use the edges of the paper to lift the granola out of the pan. Cut into 18 bars:

Eat a couple with a glass of plant milk!

Wrap the rest individually and store them in a Ziploc bag. Freeze any that you will not eat within a few days.

Enjoy!

 

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Soft & Chewy Granola Bars

These yummy granola bars are soft, chewy, and perfect for an on the go breakfast or snack! Vegan and can also be gluten free if you use gluten free oats!

Course Breakfast, Snack
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 18 bars
Calories 250 kcal
Author Deborah Mesdag

Ingredients

  • 75 g (1/3 c packed) Vegan Light Brown Sugar
  • 90 g (1 c) Rolled Oats
  • 80 g (1 c) Quick Oats
  • 60 g (1/2 c) Ground Flaxseed Meal
  • 40 g (1/3 c) Oat Flour
  • 4.0 g (5/8 tsp) Salt
  • 120 g (1 c) Chopped Nuts
  • 85 g (1/2 c) Vegan Chocolate Chips
  • 70 g (1/2 c) Chopped Dried Fruit
  • 30 g (1/2 c) Unsweetened Coconut Shreds
  • 56 g (4 TBS) Vegan Butter (I use Earth Balance)
  • 115 g (1/3 c) Vegan Honee
  • 85 g (1/3 c) Creamy Nut or Seed Butter
  • 30 g (2 TBS) Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 30 g (2 TBS) Plant Milk
  • 10 g (2 tsp) Vanilla Extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, then line a 9″ square pan with parchment paper.

  2. Add the oats, flax meal, oat flour, salt, and vegan light brown sugar in a large mixing bowl. (Be sure to use certified gluten free oats and oat flour if you need to eat gluten free!) Stir to combine. Add the nuts, dried fruit, shredded coconut, and chocolate chips. Mix everything together.

  3. Add the vegan butter to a small glass mixing bowl, and heat in the microwave until it is melted. Add the vegan honee and nut butter, then whisk until smooth. Add the applesauce, vanilla, and plant milk. Whisk to combine.

  4. Add the liquid mixture to the dry ingredients. Mix until evenly blended. Transfer the mixture to your lined pan, then press it in firmly and evenly.

  5. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 32 to 38 minutes, until the top is golden brown. Cool on a rack.

  6. When completely cooled, use the edges of the paper to lift the granola out of the pan. Cut into 18 bars or 16 squares. Wrap them individually and store them in a Ziploc bag. Freeze any that you will not eat within a few days. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • Increase the nut butter to 130 g (1/2 c) if you use crunchy style instead of creamy.
  • These granola bars are lightly sweetened. You can increase the brown sugar to 110 g (1/2 c packed) if you want them to be sweeter. I prefer them as written and my mom likes them sweeter!

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