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Chewy No-Bake Granola Bars with Coconut Oil

These chewy, no-bake granola bars — featuring wholesome oats, your favorite type of nut butter, superfood coconut oil, and honey as a natural sweetener — can be whipped up (and will be gobbled up) in a matter of minutes!

Chewy No-Bake Granola Bars with Coconut Oil ~ quick and easy to make with all natural ingredients | FiveHeartHome.comDo y’all like granola bars? Because we are big fans at my house. Not only are they universally enjoyed around here, but they also win this mama’s approval as a ready-to-go, or on-the-go, breakfast or snack. Unfortunately, store bought granola bars can contain some questionable, processed ingredients, and while there are all-natural options out there, they tend to be fairly expensive. So what’s a granola bar-lovin’ family to do?

Chewy No-Bake Granola Bars with Coconut Oil ~ quick and easy to make with all natural ingredients | FiveHeartHome.comWell…have you ever tried making your own?! Doing so not only allows you to control the ingredients, but you can also make a whole slew of them far more economically than buying a small box of the organic ones.

Many granola bar recipes call for a stint in the oven, and while delicious, the results can be more on the crunchy side than the chewy. That’s all good and well, but if you prefer a chewy granola bar experience instead, I’ve got you covered!

Chewy No-Bake Granola Bars with Coconut Oil ~ quick and easy to make with all natural ingredients | FiveHeartHome.comY’all may be starting to figure out that I have a thing for coconut oil. I just went back and browsed some of the muffins and breads and breakfast items that I’ve posted so far on this site, and just about all of them invariably include coconut oil.  I first discovered the superfood wonder that is coconut oil around the time that I was expecting my first child, around seven years ago. Coconut oil wasn’t quite as mainstream and easily found back then as it is now, so I ordered it online in bulk and experimented with it to my heart’s content. In fact, I still do order it online in bulk, because I go through a ton of it and it ends up being a lot more affordable than buying the little jars you can find at the grocery store. Furthermore, plenty of experimentation has taught me that it can be effectively substituted for vegetable oil in most baked goods with excellent results…which means I use it all the time.

Chewy No-Bake Granola Bars with Coconut Oil ~ quick and easy to make with all natural ingredients | FiveHeartHome.comSo back to these granola bars. The ingredient that gives them such a great texture without the benefit of baking is — you guessed it — coconut oil! Coconut oil is solid up to 76°F, so it melts as you mix up these bars and then solidifies again once you pop them into the fridge. But mixed with the oats and nut butter and honey, it creates a soft and chewy texture that rivals any storebought granola bar, whose chewy texture is likely attributable to artificial ingredients.

Chewy No-Bake Granola Bars with Coconut Oil ~ quick and easy to make with all natural ingredients | FiveHeartHome.comThe other great thing about this recipe is that you can totally customize it to make it your own! Think of the base as oats, coconut oil, and honey. Now decide on your favorite nut butter to use. Peanut butter is the obvious go-to choice, but feel free to substitute almond butter, cashew butter, or for a nut-free version, sunflower seed butter (I use sunflower seed butter for my little ones until they’re old enough to try peanut butter, and then even afterwards, since they like the taste). If you don’t care for the addition of shredded coconut in this recipe, you can use a cup of chopped nuts, seeds, and/or dried fruit instead. And while I like to sprinkle a few mini chocolate chips on top to complement the peanut butter, you can definitely leave them off (or add more!). Just be forewarned that if you decide to stir chocolate chips directly into your warm oat mixture before pressing it into the pan, there’s a good chance that some or all of your chocolate chips will melt, resulting in a brown-tinted, chocolate/nut butter granola bar. In no way is this a bad thing…just thought I should warn you. 😉

Chewy No-Bake Granola Bars with Coconut Oil ~ quick and easy to make with all natural ingredients | FiveHeartHome.comSince coconut oil does become soft and melt in warmer temperatures, I recommend storing these in the refrigerator…unless it’s winter and your house happens to be cold, in which case these granola bars will be just fine sitting out on the counter. The good news is that they are totally tasty cold, but if you prefer, you can certainly let your granola bar come to room temperature for a few minutes before enjoying it. Just don’t toss one of these into your purse on a hot summer day and expect it to remain solid. You’ll end up with a melty, albeit delicious, mess.

Chewy No-Bake Granola Bars with Coconut Oil ~ quick and easy to make with all natural ingredients | FiveHeartHome.comSo seriously, friends…if you haven’t jumped on the coconut oil bandwagon yet, this recipe is a great place to start! After all, how can you beat a yummy, convenient snack or breakfast-on-the-go that’s chock full of wholesome, natural ingredients, takes mere minutes to whip up, and only dirties one pot and a measuring cup? I call that a win, win, win, win, WIN!

P.S. I’d love to hear what you think of these if you end up trying them! And if you’re interested in where to buy high-quality coconut oil for a good price in bulk, let me know in the comments and I’ll share my favorites with you. 🙂

P.P.S. If you’re on Instagram, and if you are as obsessed with it as I am, I’d love to have you join me for behind-the-scenes sneak peeks of Five Heart Home food and fun…like this little turkey photobombing my granola bars in an attempt to steal some chocolate chips. 😉

Chewy No-Bake Granola Bars with Coconut Oil

Yield: 12 bars

Chewy No-Bake Granola Bars with Coconut Oil

These chewy, no-bake granola bars -- featuring wholesome oats, your favorite type of nut butter, superfood coconut oil, and honey as a natural sweetener -- can be whipped up (and will be gobbled up) in a matter of minutes!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peanut butter, almond butter, sunflower seed butter, or your favorite nut butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 2 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips, optional

Instructions

  1. In a medium pot set over medium-low heat, melt together nut butter, honey, and coconut oil, stirring until smooth. Remove from stove and stir in oats and coconut. Pour mixture into a 9- by 13-inch baking dish. Spread into an even layer, sprinkle with mini chocolate chips (if using), and firmly press down with the back of a spatula or clean hands. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm. Slice into squares or bars (I like to cut 3 rows of 4 bars each) and remove from pan. Store granola bars in the refrigerator, either in an airtight container with wax paper separating the layers, or individually wrapped in plastic wrap.

Notes

You may substitute chopped nuts, seeds, and/or dried fruit for the coconut, or add them additionally. For a chocolate flavored granola bar, you may stir chocolate chips into the oat mixture, where they will partially or completely melt.

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Comments

  1. Has anyone tried using PB2 with these?

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      So sorry, but I haven’t had any comments yet from someone who has tried this recipe with PB2 (and, unfortunately, I have no experience with PB2). But it would be an interesting experiment… Please come back and share your results if you decide to give it a try, and I’ll do the same! 🙂

    • Melissa says:

      I’m going to try to swap out with PB2 today since it will cut 100 calories off of each bar that way. Did you ever try it? Thank you!

      • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

        Hi Melissa! I’ve never tried PB2 but it intrigues me, so I’d love to hear how your granola bars turn out using it! 🙂

  2. Have you ever used quick oats rather then rolled oats??

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I typically use rolled oats in these, Amanda, but I see no reason why quick oats wouldn’t work just fine! This recipe is pretty forgiving as long as you keep the liquid-to-dry-ingredients ratio the same. People have left comments about making all kind of substitutions with the granola bars still turning out great. Enjoy! 🙂

  3. I found this recipe a few days ago and decided to make them. O..M..G!! They’re amazing!!! They took me maybe 10 minute to make, they’re a huge hit in the office and even my husband likes them (he’s not a big coconut flakes fan)!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Yay, Mary K…I love to hear that these were a hit and even converted your non-coconut liking hubby! 😉 Hope you enjoy this recipe for many years to come…thanks for taking the time to share your comment. 🙂 Happy Friday!

  4. These are so delicious! I can’t get enough of them! I did not use the shredded coconut so next time I need to increase the oats. I also want to add protein powder and see how they turn out. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      You’re welcome, Sherry…I’m so glad you enjoyed these! They’re definitely easy to tweak if you want to change up the ingredients. And I think adding protein powder is a great idea…thanks for sharing! 🙂

  5. These are so good! I followed the recipe exactly and our 5 kids love them! I wish they liked sunbutter because then I could send them to school with them. They will be out go-to after school snacks I guess!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      So glad that these were a hit, Maria! I wonder if the other ingredients would disguise the flavor of sunbutter enough that your kids would like that variation? At the very least, I’m glad they’ll be able to enjoy these granola bars as an after-school snack. 🙂

  6. This is awesome! I tried a batch, and liked them so much I made another batch an hour later (with cranberries added, and to be stocked for a bit). I think these are going to be my new favorite dessert for a while, thank you so much! Do you happen to know how long they last, and can they be frozen if made in larger batches?

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Hi, Beth! I’m so happy that you enjoyed these enough to make them twice in one day! 🙂 Gosh…I’m not positive how long they last because they’re always gone within a couple of days around here! In the refrigerator, though, I bet they’d be okay for several weeks. As far as freezing, I haven’t tried it, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. Sorry I can’t be of more help with your questions, but I hope you have a great weekend!

  7. Hi Samantha!
    I am so ready to begin my journey with coconut oil. My question is do you use instant oats or regular? Also, can I add sea salt to them?
    XOXO
    Ana

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Hi, Ana! I make this recipe with regular rolled oats, which makes the granola bars chewier. And you can absolutely add sea salt to them! Enjoy, and have fun with your new-found coconut oil! 😉

  8. These are so yummy!! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe. 🙂

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      You’re very welcome, Jennifer…I’m so happy to hear that you enjoy them! 🙂

  9. Zehra Lakhani says:

    Just put these in the fridge to cool!
    Thanks for the healthy recipe. I used organic peanut butter, added almonds and fresh blueberries. In the morning, I’ll taste the final product.

  10. These look really good but I realized that they are really fattening with the fat from the coconut oil and peanut butter.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Hi Lee! Yes, coconut oil and peanut butter are high in fat, but they are mostly constituted of “good fats.” I buy high-quality, all-natural coconut oil and peanut butter, so I’m not afraid of recipes like this that include them. 😉

  11. Looks yummy! Quick question. How long do these last for?

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Hi Mag! These granola bars disappear pretty quickly at our house, but I think they’d keep just fine in the fridge for a week to 10 days. Hope that helps and hope you enjoy!

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