These easy Homemade Granola Bars are perfect as a morning or afternoon snack any time of year. Made with your own fresh ingredients, you can control the ingredients and won’t have any added preservatives.
If you have ever wondered how to make homemade granola bars, trust me, they are easier than you think.
I have been binge-watching some shows on TV this week and decided to make more snacks for TV watching. I am trying to add more healthy choices to our snack repertoire and these homemade breakfast bars are perfect!
If you have been around a while you know that I make breakfast bars from time to time and these are one of my favorites yet. Chewy and delicious and easily changed up to your familys’ liking.
Today’s recipe is made with chocolate chips and cranberries, but you can easily change it up to add raisins or different chips.
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Today’s Granola Bar Recipe just takes a few ingredients. Most you likely have on hand aready.
Oatmeal – You will want to use old-fashioned oats for this, not the quick-cooking variety.
Brown Sugar – I used light brown sugar because that is what I had in my pantry, Dark brown sugar works well too.
Dried fruit –I used cranberries for this recipe for color and flavor, but you can use raisins instead (or in addition) if you like.
How to Make Homemade Granola Bars
The full recipe is below, but the steps are simple:
- Toast almonds and oatmeal.
- Combine the butter and brown sugar.
- Add vanilla and salt
- Pour over the oatmeal mixture.
Then you can add the cranberries and chocolate chips.
Pour it into a prepared pan and chill.
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Homemade Granola Bars
- 2 ½ cups old fashioned rolled oats
- ½ cup almonds, chopped
- ⅓ cup honey
- ¼ cup brown sugar, packed
- ¼ cup (½ stick) butter
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup dried cranberries, chopped
- ¼ cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
Line a 9 inch square baking dish with parchment paper, leaving a few inches hanging over the edge, spray lightly with cooking spray
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone mat
Add oats and almonds to baking sheet, mix
Bake for 8-10 minutes until toasted and lightly browned
Remove from oven, pour into large bowl and set aside to cool
Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, add honey, butter and brown sugar
Cook over medium heat until sugar is dissolved and butter is melted
Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract and salt
Pour mixture over oat mixture and stir until combined
Let cool 5-10 minutes
Stir in cranberries and chocolate chips until completely combined
Press into square baking dish
Add more chocolate chips on top if you like
Cover and chill in refrigerator for at least 2 hours
Remove from pan and cut into bars
Store in airtight container
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 176Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 72mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 3gSugar: 19gProtein: 3g
- You can keep the ingredients in a mason jar ready to go and prepare when you want to make granola bars.
- Store prepared bars in an airtight container to preserve freshness.
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