Tropical Granola Bars

Tropical Granola Bars

My kids requested more homemade granola bars for their school snacks so I decided to make them another batch. This time they wanted white chocolate and coconut. I threw in some macadamia nuts and craisins too for a tropical granola bar. My kids loved them. This is a quick and easy recipe with very little cleanup and is fun to do with your kids.

Tropical Granola Bars:
Recipe and photos by For the Love of


  • 2 cups of old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup macadamia
  • 1/3 cup of honey
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, plus extra for pan
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup of shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup of white chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup of craisins

Tropical Granola Bars

Butter a 9 by 9-inch glass baking dish and set aside. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Spread the oats and macadamia nuts onto a baking sheet pan. Place in the oven and toast for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.

In the meantime, combine the honey, brown sugar, butter, extract and salt in a medium saucepan and place over medium heat. Cook until the brown sugar has completely dissolved.Once the oat mixture is done, remove it from the oven and reduce the heat to 300 degrees F. Immediately add the oat mixture to the brown sugar mixture, next add the coconut, white chocolate chips, and craisins then stir to combine. Spread mixture evenly into the prepared baking dish and press down, evenly distributing the mixture in the dish and place in the oven to bake for 25 minutes.Remove from the oven and allow them to cool completely. Cut into squares or bars, wrap individually in saran wrap then store in an airtight container for up to a week. Enjoy.

Tropical Granola Bars

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  1. recipes2share says:

    My husband would adore these too – Coconut adds good flavour and sweetness, love it!

  2. Now this is a snack I can have in the afternoon. Very healthy. That's so great that your kids ask for them.

  3. Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) says:

    These look great! I would love to try one 🙂

  4. Nina Timm says:

    Lucky kids! I wish I was one of them!!! These bars are just so much better for them than store-bought!!

  5. Lucky kids indeed!! I so want to savour 2 bars!! Thanks for this yummie recipe!

  6. pityenlacocina says:

    for the kids??? no no no, for me!! this granola bars looks delicious, i love the coconut touch, wonderful!

    cheers from london,


  7. Happy cook says:

    That is one beautifil looks bar. Healthy and delcious too.

  8. web Design Firm says:

    Oh just love this one will try it soon thanks for sharing this 🙂

  9. these look great!! not just for kids haha…id eat them in a split second!!

  10. Natashya KitchenPuppies says:

    Such a great idea to make your own. I love the flavours in these!

  11. VeggieGirl says:

    Love the flavor mix!

  12. You are an amazing mommy! Maybe I will make some for Bella!

  13. Yippee! You're timing of this is absolutely perfect for me. Really. I was just searching the other day for some homemade granola (or cereal bars) to make, but everything seemed to have peanut butter in them (which my 3Y0 doesn't like). These sound/look fantastic. LOVE all the ingredients you chose.

  14. Conor @ HoldtheBeef says:

    I thought I liked your granola bars before, but these ones really take the cake..errr….bar.

  15. Fresh Local and Best says:

    Custom-made cookie bars, your kids are so lucky!

  16. One of these days I'm going to get around to making granola, but mine will have to be a larger batch. Looks lovely, Pam!

  17. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I have always wanted to make granola. These bars look and sound delicious and will be just perfect for our lunches!

  18. This is a must try! Love love love granola! Looks amazing!

  19. I've been looking for recipes for granola bars. This sounds really good.

  20. This is the perfect lunch box treat and the macadamias and coconut make it special. Love this recipe!

  21. stephchows says:

    ooo I bet dried pineapple and coconut would be delicious too!

  22. Love macadamia nuts; perfect for these!

  23. Lovin' the tropical version! Yum!

  24. I prefer homemade bars as well. Thanks for the recipe and for voting for me.

  25. Anonymous says:

    These look fabulous, Pam!

    Kim in MD

  26. This would be a great snack not just for kids but adults too!

  27. The Blonde Duck says:

    Dang it! I just got back from the store but I'm making these next week!

  28. Amanda Kaake says:

    I always love new granola bar recipes. Thanks! This one looks lovely. You sure you don't want to be my next door neighbor;)

  29. yum! i love homemade granola!

  30. These look delicious, Pam. If I had just come home from school I'd love one with a glass of milk. Have a great day.

  31. i really need to make more stuff like this so i know exactly what my kiddos are eating!

  32. Live.Love.Eat says:

    Awesome. I've never made them at home before.

  33. George Gaston says:

    Simply a perfect healthy treat! Thanks for sharing this recipe…

  34. Donna-FFW says:

    Both pretty and delicious, kinda like me… hahahahahahaha..

    Seriously, these sound wonderful, and healthy. So kid lunchbox worthy.

  35. coconut, dried cranberries, and white chocolate just so happen to be three of my favorite granola ingredients. nicely done!

  36. I can see why your kids loved these so much, they look fabulous with the macadamia nuts in them!

  37. I have to make these, it is a must! YUM!

  38. I am so going to make these. My boyfriend's grandma is in rehab after having a stroke and they've been bringing her store bought granola bars! The nerve! I gotta make her a batch. She needs some home cooked lovin'.

  39. ♥peachkins♥ says:

    these look good. I make granolas because my daughter really likes them but I haven't tried making them into bars

  40. These are upscale granola bars for sure! Yum! I'm a fan of anything with oats in them. I had a snack a few weeks ago that was little granola clusters. They were sooo good!

  41. Absolutely delicious bars. Love every single ingredients on this bar.

  42. burpandslurp says:

    white chocolate, craisins, macadamia nuts, and coconut? Pam, you are STELLAR! If my mom had made that for me, I wouldn't have had such a distaste for granola bars!

  43. Ooooh TROPICAL. I thought you said TOPICAL and was waiting for witty comments about David Letterman and stuff like that 🙂

    Seriously, looks great, Pam!

  44. Arabic Bites says:

    Totally delicious…. I love these kind of bars.

  45. These are a perfect source of healthy energy, Pam. I hope my kids are going to be cool enough to request coconut and macadamias 🙂

  46. What a great snack for the kiddos!

  47. I posted your chili today….sending readers your way for recipe!!