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Chewy Orange & Coconut Granola Bars

DIY chewy granola bars

Recently, I was taking a stroll through my archives, and I came across this orange coconut granola bar recipe.   Between you and me, I think it’s been hiding because it’s embarrassed about the not-delicious-looking photos it’s been sporting.

Do you feel anxious to make these?

Yeah, me neither.   Oy.

These actually are really tasty (assuming you like the flavor of oranges.   And coconuts.) and they’re delightfully chewy, which is how I love granola bars to be.

chewy coconut granola bars

Another great feature: the recipe makes a big half-sheet pan of bars, which is handy if you happen to have four hungry children.   A 9×13 pan of bars disappears way too fast around here, so yay for half-sheets of granola bars!

If you don’t have a large crew to feed, you’ll be glad to hear that these freeze beautifully, so don’t be afraid to bake a whole pan.

These are really quick to make…you just mix up the dry ingredients, add the wet ingredients, and bake.

Boom, you’re done.

orange coconut granola bar

I’ve often thought that it would be fun to change up the orange flavor of these bars, but I can’t figure out how I’d do that.   The idea of mixing, say, raspberry jam, into the bars hits me all wrong.

If you have any great ideas, let me know in the comments.   But for now, you can enjoy orange-y granola goodness.   😉

This is everything you need…melted butter, orange marmalade, and then the dry ingredients (oatmeal, coconut, chopped walnuts, brown sugar, and salt.)

orange granola bar ingredients

If you don’t like walnuts, you can certainly substitute whatever nuts you’d prefer.   Walnuts are not my very favorite nut, but I don’t eat enough of them and that’s why I use them here.

Mix all of the dry ingredients together and then add the butter and marmalade.

orange granola bars

Press the whole shebang into a greased 18×13 half-sheet pan and bake in a preheated 350 ° F oven for 15-20 minutes.

They’re not going to look a whole lot different once baked.   The edges will just be a little bit brown.

Before baking:

granola bars before baking


granola bars after baking

I like to cut mine into bars right after they’ve cooled a bit because the warm bars are easier to cut than the cooled bars.

Store ’em in an airtight container.   Or if you want to freeze them, just package them in a plastic bag or air tight container, and you’ll be good to go.

Orange Marmalade Coconut Bars

Printable Orange Coconut Granola Bar Recipe

4 cups quick-cooking oats
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups chopped walnuts
1 cup flaked coconut
3/4 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup orange marmalade

Preheat oven to 350 ° F.

In a large bowl, mix together oats, brown sugar, salt, walnuts, and flaked coconut.

Stir melted butter and orange marmalade into dry ingredients; mix thoroughly.

Spread oats mixture into greased half-sheet pan.   Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned.

Let cool for a few minutes, then cut into bars.   Store in airtight container.

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Sunday 12th of March 2017

Hi Kristen, can I reduce the amount of butter (3/4 cup is quite a lot hehe)? Please let me know asap as I'm trying these out tomorrow! Thank you!


Monday 13th of March 2017

Hey Kristen I ended up making these with the exact recipe and they were SO GOOD! I've been trying to find a granola bar recipe that doesn't not use any honey or maple syrup (since it's expensive) and I can't thank you enough for posting this recipe!! It costs me only a few cents to make these because my marmalade is technically free so this is a super frugal & delicious recipe! They were also really chewy. I love that this is the first recipe that doesn't use honey at all!! Thank you so much xoxo


Monday 27th of February 2017

Kristen, Have you ever thought of doing a post about how you stage your photographs? I agree the bars in the new photos look much more appealing than to old one.


Wednesday 18th of May 2016

Hmmmm? I don't have a half sheet pan, so could I half the recipe for a 9 X 13 pan?


Wednesday 18th of May 2016

Yep, you sure could!

Julie T

Tuesday 12th of April 2016

What's the remedy if these turn out too crumbly? They're soft and delicious, but I'm cutting them when they're still a bit warm and finding that they fall apart like granola instead of bars. I tried letting them cool a bit and that didn't help. I'm popping the other held back in the oven for a few minutes hoping that'll help.? They're delicious, but not portable.


Tuesday 12th of April 2016

That can be caused by underbaking. Did the ones you put back into the oven firm up at all?

Also, letting them cool before you cut them helps a lot.


Wednesday 2nd of March 2016

I replaced the butter with coconut oil and added some chopped dark chocolate to make a vegan version that was way cheaper than store bought muesli bars. They were soooooooo good and I was able to use stuff that I already had in my pantry, I didn't have to buy a thing :)

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