Lunch Box Granola Bars

November 23, 2015  |  Recipes
Lunch Box Granola Bars |

Whether you are packing these lunch box granola bars in a school lunch, taking them in your work lunch or grabbing them as a snack to go, you can feel good that they are homemade with whole grain oats and sweetened with honey.

Not only are store bought granola bars expensive, a lot of them also have a list of ingredients a mile long, including additives, preservatives and ingredients I simply would rather my family not be eating.

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Not only is this granola bar recipe a favorite of ours, but I love that I can adapt it slightly to suit the different dietary restictions of friends and family. That also means it makes a terrific choice for family get-togethers, play-dates, school parties and fundraisers, as well as team games, competitions and events.

The recipe as it stands is nut free, a must for a lunch box granola bar. And it is also egg free, but if I want to make it gluten free, I simply use gluten free rolled oats. If I want to make it dairy free, I substitute 1 cup of dried fruit or seeds (or even chopped nuts if it doesn’t need to be nut free) in place of the chocolate chips. So with very little fiddling around, I have a go to snack, that can suit several different dietary restrictions.

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These granola bars also freeze very well. When I make a batch, I place half of the granola bars in an airtight container, layered between sheets of parchment paper and put them in the freezer. They keep up to 3 months, but the chances of them being around that long are slim to none in my house. The kids pop them right into a lunch container, straight from the freezer and I have even caught them eating them frozen, right out of the freezer:)

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And while it’s terrific to be able to accommodate so many different dietary restrictions, it’s also fun to experiment with add-ins that your family enjoys. That 1 cup of chocolate chips can be a combinations of any dried fruit, chopped nuts or seeds. It’s like a different granola bar recipe every time.


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These lunch box granola bars are the perfect snack to pack in school lunches or to grab as an on the go pick me up. They are nut free, sweetened with honey and are gluten free if made with gluten free oats.
Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 30 bars
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 cups old fashioned oats (not quick oats)
  • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips*
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F
  2. Gather ingredients and tools.
  3. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. In a small saucepan heat coconut oil over low heat, until melted.
  5. Remove saucepan from heat, add honey and vanilla and whisk until well combined. Let cool slightly, so it won't melt the chocolate chips.
  6. In a large mixing bowl whisk together the oats, coconut, chocolate chips and salt.
  7. Pour the cooled coconut oil mixture over the oat mixture and stir to combine.
  8. Place granola mixture on parchment paper lined baking sheet and using a spatula, spread evenly, especially near the edge.
  9. Bake for 25 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  10. Let cool for 10 minutes.
  11. Use parchment paper to slide granola off baking sheet and cool completely.
  12. Cut into 3x1 inch bars.
* You can substitute 1 cup of dried fruit, chopped nuts or seeds (or any combination equaling 1 cup) for the chocolate chips.

Bars can be frozen in an air tight container, layered between parchment paper, for up to 3 months. We pack them in lunches straight from the freezer.

I have to say that what I dread most about making granola bars is cutting them, so often I just break them apart like bark:)

baking sheet
parchment paper
small saucepan
large mixing bowl
liquid measuring cup
dry measuring cups
measuring spoons
large sharp knife for cutting bars

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