I have wanted to make homemade granola bars for quite awhile now. I just can’t stand how expensive they are at the stores, and so full of hydrogenated oils and high fructose corn syrup or sugar! I’ve seen several recipes for granola bars, but I am not sure I will need to try any others out after tasting these! They were very easy to make, made a big batch, and tasted super yummy. They are great for the lunch box or an after school snack!
I found the recipe at Kitchen Stewardship. I will need to continue to look around and find more recipes on her blog, she earned my trust with this one recipe!
Homemade Granola Bars
41/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup butter, softened* (I did 1/4 c butter and 1/4 c peanut butter. YUM! I’d like to try coconut oil instead of butter in my next batch)
1 cup honey (I used 3/4 cup, +1/4 cup water, then added 1/2 cup dried cranberries and 1/2 cup chocolate chips for more sweetness)
Add-ins: 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, 1 cup chopped walnuts, dried fruit, sunflower seeds, coconut etc)
Lightly butter a 9×13 inch pan.
In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and honey together first, then add all ingredients except add-ins. Beat hard until combined. Stir in add-ins. Press mixture into the pan, really press so the bars don’t fall apart. (I used my hands).
Bake 325 degrees for 25 minutes until golden brown. Let it cool at least 10 minutes before cutting into bars. Let it cool completely in the pan before removing and serving.
This recipe makes at least 20 good-sized bars, which as Kitchen Stewardship said, “might be equivalent of 3 boxes of Quaker chewy bars. Even though butter and honey are on the pricey side, it still works out to be nicely frugal”
More thoughts from Kitchen Stewardship below:
- Add 1/4 cup cocoa powder and skip the chocolate chips
- Use 1/2 cup natural peanut butter in place of 1/2 cup of butter (tried this today – it is divine!)
- The honey flavor is very distinct in this recipe, but when using peanut butter, it almost disappears. I’m wondering if PB is sweet enough that I can cut out some honey and just use water instead. ??
- Crumbs in the bottom of the storage bag? So yummy over homemade yogurt with fresh fruit.