Homemade Granola Bars - 12 Ways - Switch up your snack lineup with these healthy on-the go snacks. Simple to customize and make ahead for school or work lunchboxes. Refined sugar free, gluten free, nut free and keto options.
In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt almond butter, honey and coconut oil together. Bring it to a gentle boil, while stirring, then allow to boil so the mixture thickens. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla, cinnamon and salt (if using).
Stir in the oats, followed by the crisped rice cereal, the shredded coconut and finally the water and mix until everything is well combined.
Transfer the mixture into the prepared pan and using a flat spatula, press down very firmly to press and flatten, until tight and compressed. Press in the whole almonds and any optional add-ins.
Bake in preheated oven at 325F for 21-25 minutes. Allow to cool completely at room temperature or chill in the freezer for 15-20 minutes.
Place in the freezer (or fridge) until hardened, about 1 hour.
Once the bars are set, use the parchment paper to lift them from the pan. Slice into even bars. Bars are softer when left out at room temperature. For best results, store bars in the refrigerator or freezer until ready to enjoy.