Homemade, baked Maple Pecan Granola bars are filled with oats, pecans and maple syrup, for a delicious, easy and healthier snack you can make at home. These Maple Pecan Granola Bars are sweet, nutty, and down right addicting!
We’re about a month away from Christmas!
Can you believe it?! I can’t. When you become an adult time goes twice as fast. And then you have kids, and time goes about ten times faster. So many things to do.. I’m thinking of Christmas gifts, treats, traditions, events.. probably too many things really! 🙂
This year, my parents wanted to do a gift exchange where we draw each other’s names, like a secret Santa, rather than buying gifts for everyone in our family. Now that both of my siblings are married and engaged, and have kids or are expecting, along with my own family of 4, my family is GROWING like crazy.
Secret Santa is a much better option for all of us now, and will be our new extended family tradition.
I have my gifts about half way done already, thanks to black Friday, but the other half I’m a little stumped.
Typically, I just like bringing people food 🙂 that’s my favorite way to show love.
So, while I’m on the hunt for the “just right” Christmas gifts this year, I need fuel. Yes, people, I’m talking about snacks! Like these delicious Maple Pecan Granola Bars. I bet you were wondering where I was going with this, huh? 😉
You can’t help others on an empty tank.
I mean you can, but it just doesn’t work as well. You better bet I’ll have my fridge stuffed with snacks all throughout the Holiday season to keep the hanger monster away and to keep the Holiday cheer going 😉
These Maple Pecan Granola Bars are stuffed with oats, nuts and maple syrup, making them gluten-free, whole grain and refined sugar-free. Even better? They are baked. It’s nice to have no bake granola bars in the summer, but in the winter I want the oven on, with some sort of delicious smell coming out of it.
These Maple Pecan Granola Bars smell like roasted Holiday nuts baking in your oven.
Sweet, nutty, easy to make and filled with oats to keep your tummy filled so your Holiday spirit will stay in check 🙂
In need of some other snack inspiration? Check out my Pumpkin Cranberry Granola Bars or Chai Snack Balls.
- 1 cup oats (certified gluten-free)
- 1/2 cup oat flour (certified gluten-free)
- 1/4 cup flax seed, ground
- 3/4 cup pecans, finely chopped
- 2 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 egg
Preheat your oven to 350 and line a 9x9 pan with parchment paper, so that two sides are sticking out, to easily remove the granola bars after they bake.
In a large mixing bowl, combine your dry ingredients: oats, oat flour, ground flax seed, pecans, cinnamon and salt. Stir together well.
Move your dry ingredients to the sides of your bowl, so you have a well in the middle for your wet ingredients. Add your wet ingredients (maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla and egg) into the middle and whisk together. Then, stir all your dry and wet ingredients together till all is well combined.
Dump your ingredients into your pan and spread out evenly, so the entire surface of the pan is covered in a thin, even layer, that is smoothed out on top.
Bake in the oven for about 25-30 minutes, or till the top of the bars are feeling set.
Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes, then lift your bars out of the pan with the edges of your parchment paper.
You can cut your bars into 12 bars (2x6) or you can cut them into squares (4x4 or 3x4). Devour!
I like to keep these granola bars in my fridge, and they last for about a week or so. Alternatively, you can freeze them each individually in a plastic snack bags, inside of one large bag, and they will last for about a month or so.