Crispy Honey Nut Granola Bars

I’ve tried dozens of recipes for homemade granola bar recipes over the years. This crispy, crunchy version loaded with oats, nuts, coconut, and dried fruit is one of my favorites. The secret ingredient, believe it or not, Rice Krispies, which make the bars light and crispy. If you can imagine what a cross between a granola bar and Rice Krispie Treat would taste like, this is it.

What You’ll Need To Make Crispy Honey Nut Granola Bars

Homemade Granola Bars Ingredients

How To Make Crispy Honey Nut Granola Bars

oats and nuts spread on baking sheet

To begin, spread the oats, walnuts and almonds onto a foil-lined baking sheet. Place in the oven and toast for 7 minutes. Add the shredded coconut and toss well.

adding shredded coconut to baking sheet

Place the pan back into the oven to cook for 4 to 5 minutes more. Keep an eye on it towards the end; you want the coconut to turn golden but not burn.

golden oats, nuts and coconut

In the meantime, combine the honey, brown sugar, butter, vanilla extract and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat.

honey, brown sugar, salt, butter and vanilla in saucepanWhisk and bring to a rapid boil, then turn off the heat and set aside.

rapidly boiling honey mixtureOnce the oat mixture is done, remove it from the oven and reduce heat to 300°F. Combine the oat mixture, honey mixture, rice cereal, and dried fruit in a large bowl.

oats mixture, rice cereal, dried fruit, and honey mixture in large bowl

Toss well to combine.

tossed granola bar mixtureTurn the granola bar mixture out into a foil-lined baking dish.

granola bar mixture in baking dish

Using a rubber spatula, spread and pat the mixture into an even layer.

pressing mixture into an even layer

Bake until lightly golden, 20 to 23 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool completely, 1 to 1½ hours. Use the foil overhang to transfer bars to cutting board.

block of granola bars on cutting board

Use a large, sharp knife to cut into rectangles.

cutting the granola barsStore the bars in a single layer in an airtight container for up to a week (do not stack the bars or they will stick together and fall apart).

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