Honey Lemon Chia Granola Bars
Honey Lemon Chia Granola Bars- made with rolled oats and crunchy almonds, these chewy granola bars are packed full of healthy fats and fiber!
- 1.5 cups rolled oats or quick cooking oats
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup roasted almonds roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- 1 lemon zest
- 1/2 cup raw honey
- 1/2 cup almond butter see notes
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt omit if almond butter is salted
Line an 8 x 8” baking dish with parchment paper then set aside.
In a large bowl, add the oats, coconut, almonds, chia seeds and lemon zest. Toss to combine.
In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the honey and almond butter together. Stir until combined then remove from heat and immediately stir in the vanilla extract and lemon zest.
Pour the honey and almond butter mixture into the large bowl and stir everything until well-combined.
Quickly transfer the mixture to the lined baking dish and then use your hands (with a piece of parchment paper underneath) or a spatula to firmly press out to the sides. If you have a small pastry roller, that will help to flatten the top for perfectly shaped bars but it’s not necessary.
Place the baking dish in the refrigerator and chill for at least 2 hours (ideally up to 4 hours), until firm. Use parchment paper to lift it out of the baking dish then slice into 12 separate bars. Store in the refrigerator in a sealed container with parchment paper in between the bars to keep from sticking. Refrigerate for up to 1 week.
I have only tested this recipe using almond butter that has oil added to it (since that is what we usually buy) so I'm not sure if a pure almond butter would work the same. If this is the kind of almond butter you usually have on hand, please let us know if you give it a try!
This is the pastry roller I have. It's great for making perfectly shaped granola bars.
Calories: 266kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 234mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin C: 0.9mg | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 1.9mg