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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. Β 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 76Β°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. πŸ˜‰

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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ˜‰

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

Directions

  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.

Tips, Tricks, & Variations

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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  1. Samantha, these look fantastic and you know, I’ve never used coconut oil. I would love to hear which kind you use and where you get it! You always have such amazing ideas! Of course, pinning – have a happy Monday!

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

      You should definitely try coconut oil sometime, Cindy…I think you would love it! You can definitely start with a jar from the grocery store, but if you end up liking it and using it a lot, you can get better prices in bulk online. Lately I’ve been ordering it from Vitacost because it’s the best price per ounce that I’ve found. I order a 54 oz. tub of their extra-virgin organic coconut oil plus a 16 oz. jar, which pushes it above the $25 that’s necessary to qualify for free shipping. I’ve also ordered Nutiva organic virgin coconut oil from Amazon in the past for a pretty good price (I get free shipping through Amazon Prime). And if you want to go all out for some really high-quality coconut oil, Tropical Traditions is great and has good sales sometimes. Hope that helps, and hope you have a great week! πŸ™‚

    • Hi Ladies!
      I wanted to let you know that you can purchase a 28 oz. jar of Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil at Sam’s Club for a mere $0.31 per ounce! πŸ™‚ Thank you for the delicious recipe! My husband LOVES them!

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

        What a great deal, Rachel…thanks so much for sharing that! Sounds like I might just have to renew my Sam’s membership… πŸ˜‰

        I’m glad that your hubby is enjoying the granola bars, and I hope you have a great week!

  2. I love that these have coconut oil! It’s one of our favorite ingredients to use in cooking, but I haven’t gotten around to trying it in baking yet! It’s on my to-do list this month πŸ™‚

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

      Oh, Julie…if you like it in cooking, you’ll love it in baking! I can’t wait to hear what you think of it once you have a chance to try it. πŸ™‚ Hope your week is off to a great start!

  3. Oh my – my kids will love these!!!!! Fantastic!

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

      I hope your kids do love these, Gina…mine certainly do! πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for stopping by…hope you have a wonderful week!

  4. I am so making these! I have everything for these and it’s a snow day. Good project for me and my girlies πŸ™‚ Thanks again for a great recipe.

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

      I’m so glad to hear it, Kristin! I hope y’all had fun making them and were happy with how they turned out today. Stay warm! πŸ™‚

      • Made these and they turned out great! We didn’t have the coconut so I chopped up some almonds and it was very tasty. I will have to try it with coconut next time.

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

          Oooo, I bet the almonds were great in these! So glad y’all enjoyed them, Kristin. Hope you’re getting some relief from the snow!

          • I just have to say that I’m making these again tonight for the millionth time πŸ™‚ They are perfect and so versatile! I cut them, wrap and then freeze them. Take them out of the freezer and by the time I’m ready to eat they are perfect. So glad I found your site.

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

            I’m so happy that you love these, Kristin…they’re a favorite at our house, too! And I appreciate you coming back to visit and try out other recipes. πŸ™‚ Hope you’re having a great week!

  5. These look yummy! My son is allergic to oats. Have you ever tried these with a different grain or base? If not, any thoughts. . . .we love granola bars but don’t keep them around because of his oat allergy πŸ™

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

      Hi Keasha! Okay, I just did some research and the best oat alternative I could find to make a no-bake recipe like this would be quinoa flakes! Can your son have quinoa? I’ve never tried the flakes myself, but I came across a similar granola bar recipe that used quinoa flakes and it said they worked great. So it might be worth a try? I’ve never looked for them in the grocery store, but I imagine Whole Foods or a similar type store would have them if your regular grocery store doesn’t.

      Otherwise, you could try making these bars without oats or a similar grain, substituting more coconut, chopped nuts, and dried fruit instead. I’m not sure how well these would hold together without a grain, but I bet they’d still be okay and I’m sure they’d still taste good. Might be worth cutting the recipe in half while you experiment.

      Good luck, and let me know how things turn out if you end up trying quinoa flakes or just try upping all of the other ingredients!

      • Thanks for the quick reply! I’m going to get some quinoa flakes and try it πŸ™‚

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

          Glad to hear it! Hope these turn out great for you! πŸ™‚

        • smileygirl says:

          If you use puffed rice they would be kind of like Rice Krispy Treats. You can get puffed brown rice instead of white.

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

            I love that idea! I’ve used puffed brown rice when making my crunchy granola bars, but I’ve never tried it in this recipe. However, that’s about to change…thanks for the suggestion! πŸ™‚

      • Made these today and they are awesome!! So great to find recipes that are healthy and taste great. I’m sure the whole family would love them.

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

          You are so sweet to take the time to comment, Angie…thank you! I’m glad that these were such a hit…my family loves them, too! Hope y’all enjoy this recipe for many years to come. Happy Friday!

    • Just wanted to say I made these with barley flakes as I was out of oats and they turned out wonderfully! I know this post is a year old already but if people ever wonder in the future a good part substitute, barley is delish!

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

        It’s never too late to comment on a post, Bri…this recipe still gets lots of traffic (thanks, Pinterest)! πŸ˜‰ Thanks so much for sharing your tip…I’m sure that somebody will have that exact question someday. It’s great to know that these granola bars turn out using barley…I’m going to have to try it myself sometime! Thanks again for taking the time to share and I hope you’re having a great week. πŸ™‚

  6. Ooooo peanut butter and coconut oil!! I love this combination and need to try ASAP!!

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

      Thanks, Zainab! If you’re already a fan of peanut butter and coconut oil, I have no doubt you’ll enjoy these…those two ingredients make for a pretty yummy combo. πŸ˜‰ Thanks so much for stopping by!

  7. I’ve been looking for a good granola bar recipe and this definitely looks like a winner. Thanks for sharing!

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  8. These look so delicious and easy to make! I love making anything from scratch. Just knowing what is in my food gives me a great peace of mind. Thanks for sharing! Pinning πŸ™‚

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

      Thanks so much for the comment and the pin, Katrina! I love to cook from scratch as well, and always feel better about feeding things to my family when I know what in them. πŸ™‚ Hope these granola bars are a hit at your house!

  9. I usually stick with crunchy, but these look too amazing to pass up! I will need to make these this weekend…Yum!!

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

      I hope you like these, Lisa! I enjoy crunchy granola bars as well, but these are the best homemade ones I’ve tried yet. πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Love these homemade granola bars, they sound awesome with the coconut oil and peanut butter! Pinning and can’t wait to try Samantha πŸ™‚

  11. I love the way this look and what a great idea to use coconut oil to enhance the flavor! Checking these out from create it Thursday link party…good stuff πŸ™‚
    Cathy

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

      Thanks very much, Cathy…so happy to have you stop by! Hope you’re having a great week!

  12. These look incredible although I think I prefer them with your kids in the photos. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing on the weekend re-Treat link party!

    Britni @ Play. Party. Pin.

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

      Too funny, Britni…that’s why I included the link to my Instagram feed in this post. Penty of kiddo pics over there…ha! πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for hosting each week! Have a great weekend!

  13. Just found this via Saturday Night Fever and I’m soooo glad I did! Looks absolutely delicious, especially with your gorgeous photography and food styling! Love the healthy ingredients and super-easy prep! My kinda recipe! πŸ˜€

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

      Thank you so much for the kind words, Shelley! These are definitely easy to make, and they taste so good, you’d never guess they’re healthy. Hope you get to try them soon…thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

  14. I love all of the ingredients in the recipe. The coconut oil adds a nice flavor.
    Thanks for the recipe and I love the way you wrapped them up!

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

      Thanks so much, Sami! I haven’t met a coconut oil recipe that I didn’t like. πŸ™‚ Hope you enjoy these if you get to try them! Have a great Sunday!

  15. These looks so delicious and perfect for healthy snacks!

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

      Thanks, Kristy! They are definitely a preferred snack around here. The only downside is that they never last long! πŸ˜‰

  16. These look absolutely delicious!! Thanks so much for sharing at “Hit Me With Your Best Shot Link Party!”

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

      You’re welcome, Katie…thanks so much for hosting! I enjoy linking up with y’all each week. πŸ™‚

  17. Your pictures of these bars are awesome and oh so pretty. Love that they’re no bake too! Keys to my heart!

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

      Thanks so much, Pamela! Yes, the no-bake part is really nice…these whip up in no time. Hope you get to try them soon! Happy Valentine’s Day! πŸ™‚

  18. Just tried these, in fridge now. Can’t wait to see if the family likes them. This recipe was so easy!!

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

      I hope they’re a hit, Kim! And yes, they’re definitely a breeze to make…one of my favorite parts about this recipe. πŸ˜‰

  19. Wayyyy too sweet for my tastes. More like a cookie than a granola bar. I would probably half the PB or thw honey if I make them again. On a side note my husband loves them. So it could just be my taste buds.

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

      Sorry you found these too sweet, Erin. They are definitely easy to adjust to your preferences! I’m just realizing that the peanut butter I use is all-natural with no added sugar. I wonder if using a sweetened peanut butter would make that much of a difference (if that’s even what you used)? At any rate, I would probably try cutting back on the honey rather than the peanut butter if you make these again. I think the peanut butter is part of what holds the bars together…if you reduce it too much they might fall apart. At any rate, good luck experimenting! πŸ™‚

  20. I do not have any peanut butter or shreaded coconut can I use seasame seeds and nutella instead will that work.I dont want to a trip to the super market

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

      Hi Esther! I haven’t tried that particular combination, but I see no reason why it wouldn’t work. This recipe is pretty forgiving. Instead of using that many sesame seeds, however, I would probably just increase the oats to make up for the lack of coconut. You could still throw some sesame seeds in there for texture. Just be prepared to have very chocolate-y, Nutella-y granola bars, since that ingredient is stronger in flavor than peanut butter. πŸ™‚

  21. How do you get the choc. chips not to melt? whenever I put them on, then press down they turn into a mess.
    Jen

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

      Hi Jen! It sounds like your granola bar mixture is maybe just a tad warmer than mine by the time you’re getting to that step, so I bet you don’t need to press down on the chocolate chips at all? I imagine that they’ll stick once the bars are cool, since the bottoms of the chips are melting a bit where they sit on the granola bars. Hope that works!

  22. Julie L. says:

    I know it says to use nut butters, …. but could coconut butter be used in place of nut butter? I’m in the mood for something really coconutty. πŸ™‚

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

      Hi Julie! You know, as much as I love coconut oil, I have no experience with coconut butter. So I’m really unable to say whether it would work in this recipe or not. Does it have a consistency that’s at all similar to nut butters? Worst case scenario, you could try it…and even if your granola bars didn’t set up perfectly, I bet they would still taste great! Good luck, and please let me know how things turn out if you end up trying this recipe with coconut butter. πŸ™‚

      • Julie L. says:

        Thank you for your response! Coconut butter isn’t creamy like peanut butter, etc. It hardens the way coconut oil does. I may try it to see how it works. πŸ™‚

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

          I’ll be really interested to hear how coconut butter turns out in these, Julie! And I’m going to have to buy some soon to try it out myself. πŸ˜‰

  23. I made these yesterday but I did not follow the recipe because as vegetarians, I wanted a lot more variety of seeds with iron and proteins so I added hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, flax, teff, sunflower seeds, dried apricots, maple syrup and vanilla.

    Turned out great! This recipe cannot fail. So long as the liquid / dry ratio remains the same. πŸ™‚

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

      I’m so glad that you enjoyed these, Genevieve! I agree that this recipe is very adaptable. I’m happy to hear that it turned out great with your substitutions! I’ll have to try your suggested combo someday…sounds yummy (and healthy!). Hope you’re having a great weekend! πŸ™‚

  24. I am gonna make these as soon as I get some peanut butter! Pinned them!

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

      Thanks so much for the pin, Abigail! I hope you love these when you have a chance to try them. πŸ™‚ Thanks for taking the time to comment…have a great week!

  25. Do you think the nut butter can be reduced and the coconut oil increased. I am trying to make a treat that would deliver about 1 table spoon on coconut oil per serving. My father is trying to get 6 Table spoons per day since his Alzheimer’s diagnosis.

  26. I just made these today (8/27/2014) and they are really good, although I was kind of alarmed how runny they were at first. But they firmed up nicely in the fridge and everyone seems to like them. I used regular peanut butter, and it did surprise me how sweet they were too. So I will try the natural kind next. But I loved how there was no preservative/ bitter/fake tastes at all! But since they are so melty, they won’t be as handy as the store bought ones, sad to say.

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

      Hi S.I.! I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed these granola bars! They are definitely very soft until the coconut oil solidifies, and you are totally right…sometimes they never really firm up at room temperature, particularly during the summer! I keep them refrigerated most of the time, but during the winter, I often leave them out on the counter and they’re just fine. I find that I can still send them to school with my kids in a cool lunch box and they travel perfectly well, but you are correct in that they can’t sit out somewhere warm without becoming really messy. As far as the peanut butter, I’ve always used unsweetened natural peanut butter. The bars still turn out sweet but in a natural, honey-flavored way. πŸ˜‰ Thanks so much for taking the time to comment…hope you’re having a great week!

  27. How quickly do these get soft on a hot day? I live in the tropics without air conditioning and I’m wondering if my kids would be able to eat one before it melts! My coconut oil is only solid at room temperature for about two weeks out of the year. πŸ™‚

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

      Hi Lisa! If your coconut oil is liquified at room temperature, these granola bars would probably be pretty soft and messy sitting out on your counter. However, the good news is that they’re really tasty cold, straight out of the fridge…so that’s how I would enjoy them in the tropics! πŸ™‚ They might not make the best snacks for traveling where you live, but they’ll be perfect for eating at home. Hope you love them!

  28. Thanks for the recipe! Have you tried substituting anything for the honey? Maple syrup or agave nectar, for example? I have family members with a honey allergy who I’m sure would love to try these!

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

      Hi Alicia! I haven’t tried any substitutes for the honey in this recipe, but I don’t see why maple syrup or agave nectar (or even brown sugar) wouldn’t work. I guess the bars might end up slightly sweeter or softer without a little tweaking, but I think it’s definitely worth playing with the recipe. They’ll still taste good even if the consistency is affected. Good luck, and please come back and let me know if you give these a go without the honey! πŸ™‚ Have a great week!

      • Hi Samantha! I made them with maple syrup, and they taste great! I taste hints of coconut and peanut butter, but no one flavor is dominant, and they have the perfect amount of sweetness, in my opinion. Bonus: My apartment smells delicious. πŸ™‚ I’m not a fan of the texture of coconut, so I also substituted almond slivers for the shredded coconut, and I ended up using part chunky and part smooth peanut butter. I really like the nutty texture and flavor added by the almonds and the peanut chunks. When I make them again (which I will!), I’ll try a different type of oats. I live in Germany, and I only know of two types of oats here: “coarse” and “fine.” I had the coarse ones on-hand, and I’m thinking they must be steel-cut oats. I’d like to see how the fine oats would change the consistency. Enjoy the weekend!

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

          Thanks so much for coming back to let me know that maple syrup worked well in these, Alicia! I’m sure that will help someone else with the same question. πŸ™‚ Your other modifications sound yummy as well, and it will be interesting to see which type of oats you end up preferring. I guess we have three types of oats in America: thick rolled oats, regular rolled oats, and quick oats. I typically use regular in these bars, but I bet the others would work as well, depending on how chewy you like them. Enjoy playing this recipe and thanks again for the update! πŸ™‚

  29. I’ve had your recipe saved to my phone. I finally made a batch last night. I also added toasted coconut, cranberries & chopped nuts. I cut them up this morning & my 5 year who usually dislikes homemade granola bars, tasted it & said “yum!” She enjoyed one for breakfast w/some almond milk. Great recipe, a keeper for sure.

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

      I’m so happy that these were a hit, Yvonne, and that your 5-year-old, in particular, liked them! It always feels like a victory when we can get our kids to eat something they usually reject. πŸ˜‰ Hope your family enjoys this recipe for many years to come!

  30. I don’t usually get around to trying any of the recipes I bookmark, but since I already had 5/6 ingredients, I got my hands on some oats and got cracking.
    I toasted almonds and pecans to add, while holding off 1/2 of the shredded coconut.
    Deeeeeeeeelicious! I’ll definitely be playing with this recipe some more. Thanks for sharing!
    (Link to my Instagram photo of the final product: http://instagram.com/p/whSZkzpDvY/)

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

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this, Cai. Your variation with the toasted nuts sounds great…it’s hard to go wrong playing with this recipe. πŸ˜‰ And thanks for sharing your Instagram pic…I love seeing how readers’ recipes turn out, and IG is my favorite social media by far. πŸ™‚ Have a great week!

  31. Yummy! Yummy! Yummy! Husband and kids loved these! Even took some to my boss and he said they were delicious. I made them with peanut butter and chocolate chips. My next batch will be almond butter, cranberries and dried apples!

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

      So glad they were a hit, Joanna! Almond butter, cranberries, and dried apples sound like a delicious combo as well. Endless variations is part of what makes this recipe so fun! πŸ˜‰ Thanks for letting me know how these turned out and I hope you have a great week! πŸ™‚

  32. Samantha!
    Another winner!
    Just made the Chewy No-Bake Granola Bars and I loved them! I did 1/4 of the recipe, (just to try them out) sprinkled them with chopped macadamia nuts and left out the chocolate chips. My shredded coconut is unsweetened, so is my peanut butter. I used Organic Raw Honey. This recipe is a keeper, along with “The Very Best Homemade Whole Wheat Bread”, which I’ve made twice so far.
    Thank you for these recipes.

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

      You’re welcome, Sonia…I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed these granola bars (and the bread recipe)! πŸ™‚ Your variation sounds wonderful. Macadamia nuts? Yum! Thanks for taking the time to comment and hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  33. Now… to read all the reviews for all the variations and wonderful ideas that are suggested.
    Thanks to all!

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

      Yes, people have suggested some good ingredient swaps for these granola bars…have fun experimenting! πŸ™‚

  34. 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! πŸ™‚

    • 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! πŸ™‚

  35. 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! πŸ™‚

  36. 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! πŸ˜‰ Hope you enjoy this recipe for many years to come…thanks for taking the time to share your comment. πŸ™‚ Happy Friday!

  37. 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! πŸ™‚

  38. 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. πŸ™‚

  39. 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! πŸ™‚ 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!

  40. 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! πŸ˜‰

  41. These are so yummy!! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe. πŸ™‚

    • 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! πŸ™‚

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