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Homemade granola bars are simple and fun to make. Making them yourself allows you to decide what ingredients to put in them, so the flavor options are endless. This is a guide about making homemade granola bars.
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May 1, 2010

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats (old fashioned)
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
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  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup nuts
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 egg, beaten

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13 inch pan (don't use non-stick, you'll have to cut them into bars and could scratch your pan). In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients. Make a well in the center. Pour in the oil, honey, egg and vanilla. Mix well. Pat the mixture evenly into the pan. Bake 30-35 minutes until bars begin to turn golden. Cut into bars while still warm (if you let them cool, they will be too hard to cut).

My husband loves the Nature Valley bars, but they can be so expensive. This recipe costs less than $1.00 to make 20 bars versus buying them in the store!

By Francie from South Bend, IN

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By 1 found this helpful
June 22, 2009

When you're having that serious sugar craving, this is what you need!

Ingredients:

Base Layer:

Middle Layer:

Top Layer:

Directions:

Using a fork, blend the soy butter with the graham crumbs and quick oats. Blend in the soy/rice milk and liquid sweetener, beginning with the small amount and adding more if needed, until the batter holds together. Spread the batter in a square 8x8 inch pan and bake 12-15 minutes.

Mix together the ingredients for the middle layer and spread over top of baked base layer. Bake for another 5 minutes.

In a double boiler (or in the microwave), melt the carob or chocolate chips. Once melted, spread over baked middle layer and sprinkle some coconut on top if you wish. Let set in the fridge for a few hours. Makes 12 bars.

Servings: 12
Time:25 Minutes Preparation Time
15 Minutes Cooking Time

Source: Adapted from a recipe on vegweb.com

By freya1970 from Halifax, NS

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December 23, 2008

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 1/3 cups of coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup peanuts or walnuts pieces
  • 1/3 cup wheat germ
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup of dried, chopped fruits of your choice, ex. apricots

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Heat 4 cups quick cooking oats until brown, approx. 10 minutes. Add coconut, sesame seeds, salt, nuts, and wheat germ. In a saucepan, heat together the honey, oil, and vanilla. Pour over dry ingredients and mix well. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove, stir, and bake for another l0 minutes. Add fruits and press in a jelly roll pan. Cool and cut into bars.
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By Raymonde from North Bay, Ontario

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June 1, 2008

Granola bars are great for on the go snacks, but they are loaded with sugar and can be expensive! Here is an awesome recipe that is so healthy, and full of protein and fiber. They are also chewy and inexpensive!

Your kids will think they are eating cookies these are so good, but look at the great nutrition they will be getting! Enjoy!

Ingredients:

Directions:

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In a bowl combine the brown sugar, peanut butter, honey, hot water, and vanilla. Combine well. Then add the flour, wheat germ (or bran), sunflower seeds, chocolate chips, raisins, and coconut. Press in greased 13x9 inch pan and bake at 350 degrees F for 15 to 20 minutes. Cut while warm. Makes 24 bars.

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April 11, 20170 found this helpful

These oatmeal and spice based pumpkin bars are low in sugar and absolutely delicious. This page contains a soft pumpkin granola bars recipe.

Soft Pumpkin Granola Bar

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March 28, 20170 found this helpful

Granola bars make a great snack at home or on the go. Add some chocolate chips to your homemade granola bars for some sweetness and instant energy. This page contains chocolate chip granola bars recipe.

Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

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By 0 found this helpful
August 7, 2007

Spread oats into an ungreased 15x10 inch baking pan. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Meanwhile, spread almonds and coconut into another ungreased 15x10 inch baking pan.

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October 30, 2006

Try these granola bar recipes for a quick snack.

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By 0 found this helpful
February 26, 2008

I'm looking for a recipe for homemade granola bars. Preferably one without too much sugar. Any ideas?

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February 26, 20080 found this helpful

http://allrecip  erm=granola+bars

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By guest (Guest Post)
February 27, 20080 found this helpful

GRANOLA BARS

1/2 c. soft butter

3/4 c. brown sugar

1/3 c. corn syrup

1 egg

1/2 tsp. vanilla

3 1/2 c. quick oatmeal

1 c. chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13 inch pan. Beat butter, sugar, and syrup until light and fluffy. Blend in egg and vanilla. Add and mix oats and chips. Press firmly into pan. Bake 20 to 23 minutes. Cool a couple hours. Cut.

http://www.cooks.com/

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February 27, 20080 found this helpful

google Birdseed Bars, I think it's under All Recipes. It doesn't SOUND like a granola bar, but you can cut them granola bar shapes. You don't bake. Only 1/2 cup brown sugar (I use half real and half Splenda Brown sugar) and honey. They are chocolately and awesome!

I toast flax seeds and sesame seeds (before using, brings out better flavor and flax seeds are actually chewable), and tweak the ingredients. Original recipes doesn't have flax seeds, I just took out some of the sunflower seeds. I also used some Puffed brown rice in place of the rice krispy. My daughter LOVEs these! If you find the recipe, add the cocoa powder to the liquid, not to the dry ingredients, cook liquids slowlllllly. You can place in a 9x13 or larger pan, press hard and cut when cool (if you can wait that long!).

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February 28, 20080 found this helpful

Granola Bars Recipe

From "Atlanta Cooknotes," published in cooperation with your Daily InBox newsletter.

INGREDIENTS:1

1/4 cup softened butter or margarine

3/4 cup sugar

1 egg

3/4 teaspoon almond extract

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons orange juice

1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup granola cereal

1/4 cup chopped nuts

TO PREPARE:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cream butter and add sugar. Mix in egg, flavorings, and orange juice. Add flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon, barely blending. Stir in raisins, cereal, and nuts. Bake in a greased nine by nine-inch pan for 30 to 35 minutes. Recipe can be doubled and baked in a nine by thirteen-inch pan for 35 to 40 minutes. Cool and cut into bars. SERVINGS: 2 dozen

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December 29, 2006

Does anyone know how to make a homemade granola bar? The bar I buy at the store has almonds, sunflower seeds, cranberries and whatever. Any ideas? I take these to work; don't want a jar of loose ones.

Gail from AZ

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January 2, 20070 found this helpful

I found an awsome site! hillbillyhousewife.com she has all sorts of recipes and several for granola..Good luck

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January 2, 20070 found this helpful

just google granola bar recipes there are tons of them. I personally like the ones I make at home better than the store bought ones. Wrap them in waxed paper or plastic wrap. They don't last long. I use lots of different recipes but try to pack as much nutrition and fiber in them that I can.

TC in MO

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By guest (Guest Post)
January 16, 20070 found this helpful

Here is a recipe I use and I think it is very similar to the store bought variety you mentioned.

Chewy Trail Mix Bars

3 Tbsp peanut butter

2 Tbsp margarine or butter

6 cups marshmallows

1 cup old fashioned (rolled) oats

1 cup corn flakes

1 and one half cups crisp rice cereal

1 cup raisins or dried cranberries or dried mixed fruit

1/2 cup chopped nuts, I use almonds

1/3 cup roasted unsalted sunflower kernals

1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Grease a 9 x 13 baking dish, set aside.

Combine peanut butter and butter and marshmallows in a large saucepan. Cook over low heat until smooth (about 5 min) stir frequently. Remove from heat. Add cereal, fruit and nuts. Rub some oil or butter on hands. Press mixture into a 9 x 13 dish coated with cooking spray or greased with butter. Let cool, cut into bars and store in an airtight container.

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October 22, 20070 found this helpful

Here's the basic recipe I use for my homemade granola bars. Depending on my mood or what my kid's like the particular week I'm making up the recipe I'll toss in some coconut, nuts, seeds etc. This recipe is really flexible.

GRANOLA BARS

1/2 c. soft butter

3/4 c. brown sugar

1/3 c. corn syrup

1 egg

1/2 tsp. vanilla

3 1/2 c. quick oatmeal

1 c. chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13 inch pan. Beat butter, sugar, and syrup until light and fluffy. Blend in egg and vanilla. Add and mix oats and chips. Press firmly into pan. Bake 20 to 23 minutes. Cool a couple hours. Cut.

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May 1, 20100 found this helpful

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 cups quick oats
  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Directions

In a large bowl combine all ingredients down to vanilla and blend well. Stir in remaining ingredients. Press mixture firmly into cake pan. A double batch makes one large cookie sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until edges are slightly brown. Best if not over-baked. You can omit the coconut, raisins, wheat germ and sunflower seeds, if desired.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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