Home Made Granola Bar
Home Made Granola Bars -All Natural!

The true test of a successful recipe in our house is when the kids eat it, ask for more, and there are no leftovers.

It is our goal to make sure that those recipes are made from natural ingredients, contain no preservatives and are easily accessible.  We have an easy time making healthy dinners, but after school snacks can sometimes be a challenge.  

Of course we fill our house with fresh fruits and vegetables but let’s be realistic, sometimes you need that snack when you are ‘on the go’.  What better way to get that little boost of energy than from a granola bar. But don’t grab one of those boxes off the shelf at your favorite grocery store — have you ever looked at what those are made of????  Corn Syrup solids, High Fructose Corn Syrup, and BHT — where in the world do you buy that??

We have spent weeks trying to make the perfect ‘natural’ granola bar — and FINALLY have done it!!!  In fact, when I get a text that I should be selling these, I consider that a success! And when I got home…yes, they were all gone!  So no more, 100 calorie granola bars from a box — it is time this family makes their own Homemade Granola Bars for good!

Homemade Granola Bar Recipe

Ingredients:

 Home Made Granola Bar
Mixing the dry ingredients

1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup puffed or crispy rice cereal
1/2 cup chopped or slivered nuts (I used almond slivers)
3/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup honey  (or brown rice syrup to make it vegan friendly)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons peanut butter (or any nut butter freshly ground)

Instructions

Line an 8x8 dish with parchment paper and press mixture down until firm
Line an 8×8 dish with parchment paper and press mixture down until firm

1.  Heat the oven to 325°F.  Line the baking pan with parchment, leaving extra parchment to hang over 2 of the sides. Lightly coat with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Mix the oats, cereal, nuts, and raisins together in a mixing bowl.

3.  In a small bowl, mix the honey, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, and peanut butter.

4.  Pour the honey mixture over the dry ingredients. Stir until the ingredients are completely coated and start to stick together in clumps.

5.  Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Use an extra piece of parchment paper to firmly press the mixture into the pan.

Granola Bars wrapped in plastic baggies and ready to be eaten on the go -- but why - they didn't even make it out of the house!
Granola Bars wrapped in plastic baggies and ready to be eaten on the go — but why – they didn’t even make it out of the house!

6.  Bake for 20-25 minutes for chewy granola bars or 25-30 minutes for crunchy bars. As soon as you remove the bars from the oven, press them again with the back of a lightly oiled spatula for well compacted granola bars.

Of course you can customize this recipe to make to your own specifications — add cranraisins, or almond butter. Whatever you choose to do, experiment and I am sure you and your family will love the results!!

Enjoy!

Mary and Jim

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The "Oh So Good" Homemade Granola Bar Recipe
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  2. 1 cup puffed or crispy rice cereal
  3. 1/2 cup chopped or slivered nuts (I used almond slivers)
  4. 3/4 cup raisins
  5. 1/2 cup honey (or brown rice syrup to make it vegan friendly)
  6. 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  7. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  8. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  9. 3 tablespoons peanut butter (or any nut butter freshly ground)
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 325°F. Line the baking pan with parchment, leaving extra parchment to hang over 2 of the sides. Lightly coat with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Mix the oats, cereal, nuts, and raisins together in a mixing bowl.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the honey, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, and peanut butter.
  4. Pour the honey mixture over the dry ingredients. Stir until the ingredients are completely coated and start to stick together in clumps.
  5. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Use an extra piece of parchment paper to firmly press the mixture into the pan.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes for chewy granola bars or 25-30 minutes for crunchy bars. As soon as you remove the bars from the oven, press them again with the back of a lightly oiled spatula for well compacted granola bars.
Notes
  1. Recipe courtesy of Old World Garden Farms
Old World Garden Farms http://oldworldgardenfarms.com/

32 thoughts on “Homemade Granola Bar Recipe – Ohhhh So Good!

  • February 2, 2016 at 10:54 pm
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    Thanks for the recipe. I’ve made them three times and they are a big hit!

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  • August 27, 2014 at 7:41 pm
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    What size pan works best? I would like to use my toaster over but that requires a loaf size.

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  • February 9, 2014 at 10:09 am
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    I have pinned all of these recipes this morning. We had bees and something happened??? Trying again this spring.

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  • November 13, 2013 at 8:43 am
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    Any idea how much fat/fiber in these?

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  • September 30, 2013 at 8:50 am
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    Is there an alternative to the puff rice cereal? I am looking to substitute with something sugar free, non GMO.

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  • July 17, 2013 at 1:31 pm
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    I don’t have any rice cereal on hand could I substitute 1 cup of cheerios instead?
    Also, would it be pretty easy to double or even triple this recipe to possibly store in the freezer?

    Looks delish btw I can’t wait to try this out on my daughter!

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    • July 18, 2013 at 7:15 am
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      The cheerios should work with the recipe – and yes – you can double or triple the recipe to make enough to freeze. Hope that helps!

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  • June 25, 2013 at 2:42 pm
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    These are so tasty! I have followed this recipe to a T and still can’t get the bars to stick together perfectly while cutting, meaning, I’m left with crumbs on the parchment paper afterwards. Yours look perfectly held together. Any suggestions for keeping them from becoming trail mix in a bag? ? Thank you
    Kayla

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  • June 21, 2013 at 5:46 pm
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    Is there an alternate recipe without nuts or peanut butter? I would like to prepare this for my children, but they have nut allergies.

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    • September 30, 2013 at 2:55 pm
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      Make them with sunflower seeds instead of almonds and Sunbutter instead of peanut butter. It’s made with sunflowers seeds but tastes similar to peanut butter and is completely safe for people with nut allergies like me!

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    • May 21, 2015 at 10:21 pm
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      Do you follow the directions and press it down when you put it in the pan. Then when you take it out of the oven press it down again. Mine stay together make sure you add the honey and pb and it should work

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  • June 21, 2013 at 5:43 pm
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    Is there an alternative recipe without nuts? The children this would be for have nut allergies.

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  • May 10, 2013 at 4:44 pm
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    Anyway to print your recipe? Id love to add it to my collection, but I cant find a print option and I’d rather not print an entire page of black with white letters. And when I copy and paste its a total mess in a word document. Sorry 🙁 Thanks tho!

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  • February 22, 2013 at 9:36 pm
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    Just made these and omgoodness yummy. Could you use agave in place of the honey?

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    • February 23, 2013 at 9:37 am
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      I’m sure you could kari.BTW thanks for sharing this on your wall.I have tried something like this before but they came out HARD & Bland.This recipe looks YUMMY.Think I might make some This weekend.

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    • February 23, 2013 at 10:01 am
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      I should have mentioned that we did replace the honey with agave nectar.

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  • February 22, 2013 at 9:04 am
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    Thank you for this great recipe. Easy enough even I could make them. My intent was to share them with the Grandkids when they were to come over but the wife and I ate them all before the day arrived. We’ll have to make another batch together with the kids.

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  • February 19, 2013 at 12:22 pm
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    Visiting from LHITS DIY Linky – Thanks for the recipe! This is exactly what I’ve been looking for!

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  • February 17, 2013 at 11:06 pm
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    We make our own granola bars too but yours truly do look amazing! I know they are a lot healthier than what they sell in the stores! 🙂

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  • February 17, 2013 at 7:56 pm
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    These look good! I’m sure they’d be alot cheaper to make homemade (and definitely healthier). Gonna pin these. 🙂

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  • February 16, 2013 at 6:12 am
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    Those look dee-lish! Thanks for sharing the recipe! Love that you can customize it! I might need to add some allergy-free chocolate chips! ;0)

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  • February 15, 2013 at 8:40 pm
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    those sound delicious! and i love that there’s peanut butter in ’em!

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  • February 15, 2013 at 3:06 pm
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    These granola bars look wonderful…I’m sending the link to my daughter. 🙂

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  • February 15, 2013 at 11:06 am
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    yum .. look so good.
    Oh,, and by the way.. corn syrup is made from CORN ,LOL .
    so is High Fruc corn syrup .. How do I know ? my hubby works for a Family owned world wide company that makes it. Corn is picked from fields in Iowa & NE . brought to the plant & many , many things are made from that single tiny corn kernel.. it’s actually pretty amazing. corn syrup & High Fruc corn syrup are as natural & pure as cane sugar or honey . So the next time you see it, don’t be scared , it’s made by some great men & women that provide a living for their families, From just about every state in the union & almost every country in the world. run by a safety first , people orientated Family held company that provides more then just sugar around the world EVery day.
    but no.. you can’t buy it off the shelf. LOL
    lisa

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  • February 15, 2013 at 9:27 am
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    these granola bars are fantastic, great for the kid snacks.

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