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The “Oh So Good” – “You Could Sell These” – Homemade Granola Bar Recipe

Home Made Granola Bars -All Natural!

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 Bars

Ingredients:

Mixing the dry ingredients

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.

Cut Granola Bars with a very sharp knife into 8 pieces

Cut Granola Bars with a very sharp knife into 8 pieces

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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30 Comments on The “Oh So Good” – “You Could Sell These” – Homemade Granola Bar Recipe

  1. What size pan works best? I would like to use my toaster over but that requires a loaf size.

  2. These sound delicious! I am going to make them Friday.. I know my family will love them!

  3. I have pinned all of these recipes this morning. We had bees and something happened??? Trying again this spring.

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