Nature Valley oats n’ honey granola bars have been one of my go-to snacks for years—they’re made from simple, wholesome ingredients so it’s a snack I feel good about eating, and the bit of honey in each bar is just enough to satisfy my sweet tooth. Finding all of that in one snack is tough these days!
Recently, I came up with this simple DIY-version of the classic granola bar I love so much, and it’s the perfect snack to make when you have a little extra time on your hands. You’ll get delicious bars reminiscent of the traditional oats ‘n honey bars that your family will devour—these were a big hit in my house!
First, heat the oven to 350°F and line an 8-inch pan with parchment paper, leaving a few inches of overhang on 2 sides. Next, gather the ingredients: oats, coconut oil, honey, sugar, vanilla, baking soda and a dash of salt.
Place 2 cups of the oats in large bowl. Add the remaining 1/2 cup oats to blender or food processor and pulse into a rough flour. Next, add the oat flour to the bowl of oats. Then, add the baking soda and salt to the mixture and stir.
In a separate microwavable bowl, microwave the coconut oil uncovered on High until just melted. Stir in honey, sugar and vanilla and then add to the oat mixture. Stir until the oats are completely coated, then spread the mixture evenly into the pan.
Bake for 20 minutes or until the oats are golden and smell like honey. Let them cool on a cooling rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan using parchment overhangs and then cut into 8 rectangles while still warm. The bars will be a little soft at this point, which is perfect! They will firm up as they continue to cool.