More people would make their own homemade granola bars if only they realized how EASY it really is. Besides obvious benefit of being healthier (no need to add chemicals to preserve them for years to come) it is much cheaper!
It’s EASY, HEALTHY and CHEAP. No reason not to give it a try!
This recipe is so forgiving… You have your dry ingredients and you have your wet ingredients. It’s just a matter of bringing them together.
Play with amounts and substitutions. I dare you… I dare you to mess it up! You won’t be able to!
Have fun and enjoy 🙂
Homemade Granola Bars
- 2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
- 1 cup sliced walnuts (or preferred nut)
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2/3 cup honey
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup sliced dried bananas
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
(Switch out any type of dried fruit: apricots, dates, apples, mango…)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter an 8 by 12-inch baking dish and line it with parchment paper.
On a sheet pan, toss the oatmeal, nuts, and coconut together and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned. Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl and stir in the wheat germ.
Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees F.
In a small saucepan over medium heat place the butter, honey, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt. Bring the mixture to a boil while stirring. Cook and stir for a minute longer and then pour over the toasted oatmeal mixture. Add the dried fruit and stir well.
Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Wet your hands and lightly press the mixture evenly into the pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until light golden brown. Cool for at least 2 to 3 hours before cutting into squares.