Monday, March 4, 2013

Homemade Granola Bars

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I make these all the time! They are such a great breakfast or snack. They can be a tiny bit tedious with all of the ingredients and chopping the nuts but they are definitely worth it. I love knowing all of the ingredients in the food we eat, though sometimes I'd rather not know and just enjoy it. ;-)

Homemade Granola Bars - With my modifications in red. :)


  • 2 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar (I cut it down to 1/2 cup, tastes the same!)
  • 3/4 cup raisins (I use either Craisins or whatever we have on hand or more recently a mix of Craisins and dark chocolate chips :))
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ (I use ground Flaxseed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (I always use more :))
  • 1/2 cup chopped English walnuts (I chop almonds in a mini food processor)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil (I use either canola or sometimes some olive oil as well)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • I've also been adding 1/4 cup of sesame seeds

  • Directions

  • 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x13 inch baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper, and spray with vegetable oil spray.
  • 2. In a large bowl stir together oats, flour, brown sugar, raisins, wheat germ, salt, cinnamon, and walnuts. In a smaller bowl, thoroughly blend oil, honey, egg, and vanilla; pour into the flour mixture, and mix by hand until the liquid is evenly distributed. Press evenly into the prepared baking pan.
  • 3. Bake 25-30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are golden. Cool completely in pan before turning out onto a cutting board and cutting into bars.

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    {I forgot to take a pic of the wet ingredients, was too excited to bake and eat 'em :)}

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    {This batch was all Craisins, first pic is Craisins and dark chocolate chips :)}

    Do have a granola bar recipe that you love??


    Finn Felton said...

    Thank you for the ingredient list. That dish look pretty awesome. I will definitely try this at home someday.

    Finn Felton
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    Rebecca Jo said...

    Totally 'pinning' these so I can give these a go!!! Looks delish!

    Virginia Belle said...

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. We eat a lot of granola bars in our home so I definitely want to try a homemade version. I hope you and your family are doing well :)

    Renee said...

    Yum! Those look great!

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