Raise your hand if granola bars are your child’s favorite school-time snack. SAME here. Preferably ones with chocolate chips…am I right? And really, who doesn’t like a little smattering of chocolate chips mid-morning? I often buy boxed granola bars for convenience sake, but homemade ones are SO much healthier and more delicious. Like these school-friendly chocolate chip raisin granola bars. Toasted oats and shredded coconut, chocolate chips and golden raisins, all perfectly held together with a date, honey, maple and vanilla mixture that results in a dense, slightly chewy granola bar.
This recipe makes a 9×13-inch pan, which might seem like a lot, but these bars don’t linger around for long. Take my word. Two to three days max.
Step one, toasting the oats and coconut until lightly browned and fragrant, is where we begin our journey. Don’t skip this step. The toasted oats and coconut add rich nutty flavor and color. One large sheet pan, 15 minutes in a 350-degree oven and you’ll have the beginnings of some tasty granola bars.
With roasting underway, it’s time to prep the others ingredients, prepare the baking pan and make the honey, date and maple mixture—the binder. For the latter, dates add the perfect amount of sweet and sticky to bring the oats, coconut, chocolate chips, and raisins together.
Once the oats and coconut have cooled, toss everything into a large mixing bowl and stir until well-combined. A serious upper-body workout, but well worth it [I’m being 100% serious…I may have broken a sweat].
These granola bars are perfect for tucking into school lunches (nut free!), grabbing as a breakfast-on-the-go, or as a late-in-the-day, healthy snack.