No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars
Credit to Bowl of Delicious
- 1/4 cup coconut oil or butter
- 1/4 cup honey or other sweetener, such as molasses, agave, etc.
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- other spices/flavors I used 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/2 teaspoon cardamom, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and a pinch of nutmeg
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 cup nuts/seeds I used 1/2 cup sliced raw almonds, 1/4 cup sunflower seeds, 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, and 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 cup chopped dried fruit I used chopped dried figs. You can omit the fruit if you want.
Melt coconut oil, honey, salt, and other spices/flavors in a medium saucepan.
When liquid mixture melts and becomes a bit foamy, turn the heat down to low, add the oats and stir to coat.
Add the nuts/seeds, and stir to coat.
Finally, add the dried fruit, and fold in to the mixture.
Continue cooking on low heat for just a couple minutes (this will soften the ingredients slightly before you cool them, allowing them to stick together better).
Meanwhile, line a small baking dish (mine measures 6″ by 8″) with parchment paper or plastic wrap, leaving the sides of the paper/wrap long.
Add the mixture to the dish; press with the back of a wooden spoon so it is evenly spread out.
Fold the parchment paper/plastic wrap over the granola so the top is covered (get more if necessary). Press the granola aggressively, so it is as packed as you can make it. I used my grill press, but you can also use a dish or cup, or your hands. Just make sure it is well packed and evenly distributed!
Place in refrigerator and allow to cool completely- at least two hours, but I recommend overnight.
Remove granola from parchment paper- it should be in one big block. Cut into 6-8 bars, and wrap individually in plastic wrap. Store in the fridge for about 2 weeks.