Homemade granola bars

Granola bars are an easy and portable snack, but store-bought varieties leave something to be desired.

Take a look at a smattering of ingredients for Quaker brand granola bars:  soy lecithin, sodium hexametaphosphate, blue 1, corn syrup solids, just to name a few.  I don’t know about you, but I think of granola as a healthy snack, and I sure don’t want to enjoy these industrial ingredients alongside!

Luckily, a profoundly more healthy and delicious granola bar can be easily made from scratch at home.  High in fiber, antioxidants and healthy fats, this is a treat you won’t feel guilty about.  I like to make a batch on the weekends so I have a quick and easy snack to grab throughout the week.

Homemade granola bars
Adapted from a combination of Alton Brown’s and Alicia Silverstone’s recipes

Ingredients

8 ounces rolled oats (about 2 cups)
1.5 ounces raw sunflower seeds (about 1/2 cup)
3 ounces sliced, blanched almonds (about 1 cup)
1.5 ounces ground flax seed (about 1/2 cup)
6 ounces honey (about 1/2 cup)
1.75 ounces maple or raw turbinado sugar (about 1/4 cup)
1 ounce safflower oil, plus more for pan
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
Dash cinnamon
6.5 ounces dried berries and/or freshly shredded coconut

Preheat oven to 350°.  Place oats, sunflower seeds, almonds, flax and coconut (if using) on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for about 15 minutes, until brown and toasty.

While waiting, combine the honey, sugar, vanilla, oil, cinnamon and salt in a saucepan and warm over medium heat until sugar is completely dissolved.

When the oat mixture is done, combine thoroughly with liquid mixture in saucepan, and stir in dried fruit.  Reduce oven temperature to 300°.  Spread evenly in a 9×9 pan and bake for 25 minutes.

Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares and serving, otherwise it will crumble apart.

I like to wrap them individually so I can grab one as needed!

-R

 

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2 thoughts on “Homemade granola bars

  1. somuchtasty

    This looks like a great recipe!! I’m looking to make a crumble for my morning yogurt. This recipe looks like it’s right up my ally with regard to ingredients, but I don’t know if/how I should modify it to ensure a solid crunch instead of softer, chewy bars. Any granola tips? 😀

    Reply
    1. bounteous Post author

      The original recipe from The Kind Diet is for the crumble kind of granola; it calls for: 6 cups oats, 1/2 cup maple sugar, 3/4 cup wheat germ, 1/2 cup coconut, 1/2 cup sesame or sunflower seeds, 1 cup chopped nuts or raisins, 1/2 cup safflower oil, 1/3 cup maple syrup, 1.5 t vanilla extract. Preheat oven to 350 and toast oats for 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl then add the remaining dry ingredients, then mix in the wet ingredients. Spread on a baking sheet and bake for ten minutes. Allow to cool on the pan and then stir until crumbly.

      I think you could use that basic recipe and swap out whatever ingredients you’d prefer!

      Reply

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