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Crunchy Granola Bars (Vegan & GF)

A healthy, sweet and crunchy oat bar that can be customized to your liking. Vegan and gluten free!
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American, gluten-free, Healthy
Keyword bars, granola, oats, recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 256 kcal
Author The Hungry Bites


  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup (or 1/2 cup honey for not vegans)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 cups oats (I use 1 cup rolled and 1 cup quick oats, but you can use whatever you want)
  • 1 cup of your favorite cereal, very finely crushed (make sure it’s GF, for gluten free option)
  • 1/4 cup chopped raisins, or your favorite dried fruit
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup mixed nuts, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cups oat bran

  • One rectangular pan 10x8 inches (20x25 cm), lined with baking paper


  1. Preheat oven to 320°F (160°C)
  2. In a bowl stir together oats, nuts, raisins, cereal, coconut, cinnamon, salt and bran.
  3. In a small pot heat the coconut oil and honey/glucose. Stir to combine and add the vanilla. Pour it into the bowl with the dry ingredients and combine very well until all of the ingredients are wet and sticky. If mixture seems too dry, add 1-2 tablespoons water and mix well.

    Transfer the mixture into the pan, spread it evenly and PRESS IT FIRMLY until it is compact.

  4. Bake for 17-20 minutes or until brown. Transfer it on a cutting board with the baking paper and let it cool for 3-5 minutes.

    Cut it when still warm, to minimize crumbs. If some pieces break during cutting, just press it back with your hands.

    Let cool completely and transfer into an airtight container.

  5. In the video below there's the same recipe made into granola. Just don't compact the mixture and use a larger pan.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

For the best texture you can use a mix of maple syrup and glucose syrup (just put in the measuring cup 3 tablespoons glucose and fill the rest with maple syrup).