I found this recipe for homemade granola bars several years ago on a website that no longer exists. I am really glad I copied it down! As always, I made several adjustments to suit my tastes and have settled on this version, which I love.
I never buy granola bars. Ever. I used to get the Fiber One kind from Costco, but then got weary of the long ingredient list and my kids taking them, eating a bite or two, and leaving the rest to waste! But every once in a while I make my own, and this is the recipe I have always used. I love that it’s easy to customize, and I can cut them in small pieces because my kids won’t eat a huge one.
- 2 c old fashioned oats
- ½ c raw sunflower seeds (unsalted)
- 1 c chopped or sliced almonds
- 2 T hemp hearts
- 2 T chia seeds
- 2 T unsweetened coconut flakes
- ½ c honey or maple syrup
- ¼ c coconut sugar
- 2 T butter (or coconut oil)
- 2 tsp vanilla
- ½ tsp real salt
- ¾ c dried fruit - cranberries, blueberries, raisins, apples, etc.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease a 9x13 pan with butter or coconut oil and set aside.
- Evenly lay oats, seeds, almonds, coconut, hemp, and chia seeds onto a half-sheet pan. Place in the oven and toast for 15 minutes, stirring a couple of times.
- While toasting the dry ingredients, place honey, coconut sugar, butter/coconut oil, vanilla, and salt over medium heat in a large pot.
- Stir and cook until sugar dissolves.
- When oat mixture is done, take it out of the oven and reduce the heat to 300 degrees.
- Add oats to liquid, add fruit, and stir to combine.
- Pour into 9x13 pan and press evenly. Sprinkle with chocolate chips if desired.
- Bake 20 minutes.
- Before bars are completely cooled, cut into desired lengths and allow to cool the rest of the way. When completely cool, wrap individual bars in plastic wrap or layer with wax paper in an airtight container.
I have made several varieties of these bars. Just pick your favorite nut, seed, dried fruit, and chips and make them your own. These are great to make before road trips, picnics, camping, etc.
Some flavor combinations I have tried and loved:
– apple/almond/cinnamon chip
– raisin/almond/cinnamon chip
– craisin/almond/white chip (my favorite)
– apple/macadamia nut/white chip
The combinations are endless!