I bought a big Costco size container of coconut oil, and have been looking up different recipes to use it. Coconut oil offers so many health benefits, and it is so versatile. This past summer I made shrimp tacos and fried the shrimp in coconut oil – it was so good!
I have been wanting to try making my own granola bars, and finally bought all the ingredients to make it happen. Well, they turned out awesome, and I will never buy store bought granola bars again. I got some inspiration from Iowa Girl Eats and made a few changes of my own.
Homemade Granola Bars with Coconut Oil Inspiration from Iowa Girl Eats
1 cup whole almonds
1 cup walnuts (can use pecan or other nut)
1 cup old fashioned oats
1 cup dried craisins
2 Tablespoons sesame seeds
3 Tablespoons of Chia Seeds
1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons honey
4 Tablespoons coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
dash of cinnamon
**Optional chocolate chips – made with and without, both good.
- Add 1/2 cup each of almonds,walnut, and old fashioned oats into a food processor. Process until fine (not too long or it will start to turn into nut butter!) then pour into a large bowl. Roughly chop the remaining walnuts and almonds, then add the bowl. Add remaining old fashioned oats, cherries, and sesame seeds, then mix well and set aside.
- Combine honey, coconut oil, salt, vanilla & almond extracts, and cinnamon in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the mixture melts, then foams, then cook for 15 seconds longer. Pour over nut mixture and mix thoroughly to coat all the ingredients. May find you need to add more of the wet ingredients. The dry ingredients should be evenly coated.
- Line a half sheet pan or 8×8 pan with enough saran wrap or parchment paper to let it hang far over the sides, then pour in granola. Press very, very firmly with your hands or something with a flat bottom (may need to spray it with non-stick spray.) Wrap the overhanging saran wrap or parchment paper up over the sides and refrigerate until firm, about 4 hours.
- Using a sharp knife, cut chilled granola into bars. Wrap individually in saran wrap and store in the fridge or freezer. The bars fall apart easily once they are taken out of the fridge. Which is fine by me – you never know what is holding your store bought bar together.