Heart Healthy Granola Bars

Heart Healthy Granola Bars

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February is American Heart Month!

As a mom of two young daughters, its very important to me to keep myself healthy and active. I want to be here for them, watch them grow, and be able to keep active with them. For me, that means fueling my body with good foods. I love whole grains and local ingredients and I love when I  get the chance to incorporate the two into a recipe.

Breakfast is the most important meal and start to our day. We never skip breakfast and since I am home with my girls, I am able to cook and bake them breakfast every day and I enjoy doing it. I get to decide exactly what they eat and what ingredients to use.

mix dry ingredients

press into prepared pan

I’ve been experimenting with making home made granola bars. Sure, you can buy them most anywhere, but they are so easy to make and you can customize them whichever way you choose. The recipe I’m sharing with you makes quite a bit and is ready in less than 30 minutes. You basically just dump all the ingredients into one bowl, stir it up, and then pop it all into the oven. No special tools required and ONE BOWL! Better yet, if you’ve got little ones like me, this is a great way to include them in the kitchen. Get all your ingredients assembled and let them measure {with your help} and dump into the bowl. I find that when you include your children in the cooking/baking process it really gets them excited to try new flavors and eat their creation. This recipe is sure to be a new family favorite!

heart healthy granola bars with honey bunches of oats

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Heart Healthy Granola Bars
Recipe type: breakfast/snacks
Serves: 12
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 2½ cups Honey Bunches of Oats
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup All Purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseed
  • ⅓ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil, softened
  • ⅓ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup local honey
  • 1 cup mini dark chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Lightly grease one 9x13 inch pan.
  3. In a large mixing bowl combine the oats, cereal, flour, baking soda,flaxseed, vanilla, butter, coconut oil, honey and brown sugar. Stir in the mini dark chocolate chips.
  4. Press the mixture into the prepared pan.
  5. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Let cool completely, in the pan before cutting and serving.

heart healthy granola bars via @thenewmodernmom

You can save yourself quite a bit of money by making your own granola bars. You can buy Post cereal of your choice, Honey Bunches of Oats, Fruity Pebbles, Grape Nuts, and Great Grains for this recipe at your local Walgreens.

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About Candice

Candice is a mom of three under 5. Originally from the smallest state of Rhode Island, now living in Connecticut. From working gal to stay-at-home mom, she is walking the path of the Modern Mom.


  1. Those granola bars look delish! I have a box of Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds here too… I know what I’ll be doing soon!
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  2. Those granola bars look so yummy! I love granola bars but have never tried making them myself!
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  3. I love this cereal, what an awesome idea to add it to granola bars – so healthy!
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  4. I need to try making my own granola bars. Thanks for the inspiration!
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  5. Oh those granola bars look absolutely delicious! I love homemade granola bars because they have a lot less sugar and are just so much better tasting. I would love to try this recipe.
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  6. I love homemade cereal bars. I do something similar but with Raisin Bran.
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  7. I love a good granola bar! Great recipe!
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  8. This is hilarious timing because I handed my hubs loose granola the other day and he’s like, “it’s broken”. LOL He asked if we could add some honey to make into bar form! Love this idea!!!
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  9. WOW, these look amazing. These definitely look heart healthy and tasty. 😀

  10. I had never thought of making my own granola bars before. These look delicious and definitely heart-healthy.
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  11. I’ve been thinking about trying my own granola bars. These look good enough for my family!
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  12. FUN!!! I want to make my own granola bars!! thanks for the recipe – yours turned out great!

  13. we did a very similar recipe last spring w honey bunches of oats. it’s a family favorite now!

  14. YUM! These look great!!! My kiddos might even try them. YAY!

  15. I love making granola bars as something quick to grab as we are running out the door.

  16. I have never thought about using Honey Bunches of Oats cereal for the bars but I bet those taste so good. I’ll have to give this a try.

  17. yum! These look fantastic! I never would have thought of using cereaal
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  18. Yum! Homemade granola bars are my favorite! Love everything you added!
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  19. The granola bars look wonderful! I’m all for heart healthy!! Go Red!
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  20. I’ve had a good time making homemade cereal and granola bars since I first tried them last fall. I actually just made some with Honey Bunches of Oats recently – they definitely are a great mix-in!
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