Homemade Granola Bars – the Winning Recipe

posted by Andrea | 08/1/2011

I’ve been on a mission to find the “perfect” homemade granola bar recipe for the last several months — and you better believe I’ve tried my fair-share of recipes!

And while all of the recipes tasted delicious, I was never really satisfied until last week when I tried yet another new granola bar recipe…

My idea of perfect granola bars:

  • not too sweet — but still sweet enough
  • easy to make with simple ingredients I always have on hand
  • makes at least a 9×13″ pan
  • they stick together very well and can easily be cut into bars
  • ability to customize based on individual taste

I know that sounds picky, but guess what — I found a recipe that meets my rigorous standards! {thanks to Elizabeth — a loyal reader and Facebook fan!}

I just know you’re going to love it too!

Ingredients:

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  • 1/2 c. honey or corn syrup {I used 1/4 c. of each}
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. peanut butter
  • 2 c. quick oats
  • 2 c. Rice Krispy cereal
  • 1/4 c. ground flax seed
  • 1 or 2 T. wheat germ {optional — and I did not add this}
  • 1 c. total of your favorite mix-ins {I used chocolate chips, but you could also mix and match dried fruit, nuts, seeds, etc.}

 

Directions:

In a small sauce pan, mix honey {or corn syrup} and brown sugar.

Cook over medium-high heat until sugar is completely dissolved – stirring constantly.

Remove from heat and quickly stir in peanut butter.

Mix the oats, cereal, flax seed, and optional wheat germ in a large bowl.

Pour honey mixture over dry ingredients — mix well.

Stir in chocolate chips, nuts, fruit, and any other “mix-ins”

 

Press mixture into a 9″ x 13″ pan that has been greased or lined with wax paper. {I find it works best when I put another piece of wax paper on top of the bars and press down with a measuring cup.}

 

Let cool and “firm up” —  kind of like Rice Krispy Bars

Cut into bars and store in an air-tight container. I cut mine into 24 bars that were about 1″ x 4″ {8 rows by 3 rows}. I used a pastry cutter/scraper because it cuts really straight lines — but a long knife would work just fine too.

And since I used chocolate chips, I figured it would be best to store our granola bars in the refrigerator so they don’t melt!

This recipe is seriously THE best granola bar recipe that I’ve tried so far. Probably good enough that I’ll stop looking and just file this one away as my official granola bar recipe!

Thanks Elizabeth for the AWESOME recipe — I’ll be making many more granola bars in the years to come!!!

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89 comments

  1. Soli

    11/11/2012

    We make these all the time now and our 4 kids eat them nearly everyday in their school lunches. To make them more healthy we use quick oats, organic brown rice cereal (looks like rice crispies but theyre brown), real natural peanut butter (only ingredient is peanuts), organic honey, organic turbinado sugar, organic unsweetened shredded coconut, raw chopped almonds, and dark chocolate chips. They are so good and for my family of 6 I always double the recipe. We keep them in a large Tupperware container in the fridge and they stay great. Definitely refrigerate them after you put them in the pan and before cutting. They stay together great. Thanks for this awesome recipe!

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  3. Candace

    03/18/2013

    Just a bit of advice- don’t substitute molasses in as a sweetener unless you really, really like the flavor of it! I think it is ok, but not my favorite. I added 1/4 cup and it overwhelmed the flavor of everything else in the bars! Without the molasses, these are great and easy!

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  4. mary

    04/07/2013

    If I use ground flax seed don’t I have to keep them in the refrigerator?
    Therefore I cannot put them in the lunch bag for school.

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    Krista Reply:

    I’ve made these probably six times and have always left out the flax seed and wheat germ. This last time I tried throwing in a 1/4 cup of steel cut oats just for the fun of it. They came out great! If you are worried about the flax seed and want to send them in kids’ lunches, just leave it out. They work great without it.

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  5. Minuit54

    05/08/2013

    I’d also been looking for a granola bar recipe, and I’d also been looking for one that could be made with common ingredients already in the pantry. You’re talking my language! Thanks for the information, and best of luck with your business.

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  6. Lisa

    05/29/2013

    Delicious!!! What do I do if I want to omit the peanut butter. Hubby doesn’t like pb in his? TIA

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    Kahlia Reply:

    My go-to is almond butter because 2 of my little ones have peanut allergies. I’ve also used sunbutter (ground sun flower seeds). I’m sure you could use any nut butter you like. Cashews might be nice!

    This recipe is my absolute favorite! It lends itself to so many substitutions and always comes out awesome! My family of 5 loves it!

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  7. Kristine

    08/08/2013

    These are the best granola bars I ever made. I substitute sunbutter for peanut butter and did 1/2 chocolate chips and 1/2 shredded coconut. Kids devoured them. Thanks for the recipe!

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