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Homemade Granola Bars

These granola bars have been a favorite of ours for years. They’re delicious, filling, and, best of all, they’re all-natural – no  high-fructose corn syrup, preservatives, or chemicals in these yummy squares!

It isn’t one of the easiest recipes in my repertoire, but the finished product is definitely worth the little extra effort. I also love that the ingredient list is versatile – meaning the kids don’t get bored with the taste because they never know what they’ll be getting!

Homemade Granola Bars


Homemade Granola Bars

What you’ll need:

4 cups rolled oats

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

½ tsp salt

1 stick butter, softened

½ cup coconut oil

½ cup raw sugar

½ cup honey

2 tsp vanilla

1 cup chopped nuts and/or seeds (any combination)

1 cup dried fruit (any combination)

1 12 oz. pkg. dark chocolate chips

What you do:

  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Grease (or spray with oil) 11 x 13 baking dish.
  2. Combine oats, flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream butter, oil, honey, sugar, and vanilla.
  4. Add dry ingredients; mix well.
  5. Add nuts/seeds and fruit; stir to combine.
  6. Pour into baking dish and spread evenly.
  7. Press firmly to compact mixture (a slightly smaller baking dish works well for this).
  8. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and compress again.
  9. Bake for another 15 minutes.
  10. Repeat steps until mixture is golden brown, but not over baked. (Usually takes about 45 minutes in my oven.)
  11. Remove from oven a final time and sprinkle chocolate chips over the top.
  12. Allow the chips to melt slightly and spread with a spatula.
  13. Cool 15 – 20 minutes and cut into squares.

I normally get 16 – 20 squares depending on how I cut them. They store well in a sealed container for several days.

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Candy is a southern girl who enjoys the simple things in life. Dirt road drivin’, Sunday afternoon nappin’, back yard swingin’, and sunset watchin’ are a few of the things that make her smile. She’s been married to her best friend and the love of her life for almost 25 years and is navigating motherhood with her 4 children, aged 23, 19, 14, & 11. Homeschooling for over 18 years now, she is also a bit of a word-nerd (ok, maybe more than a “bit” – she actually considers making lists of homophones to be entertaining), a lover of books and chocolate, a survivor of cancer, an author, and a hula hoop maker.

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16 Responses to Homemade Granola Bars

  1. Sarah J February 24, 2015 at 10:04 am #

    Popping over from Teach Me Tuesday =) They look delicious, but you lost me at ‘not my easiest’ 😉 Be sure to share your recipes, crafts, upcycles & DIYs at Two Uses Tuesday (Mon 11pm EST to Fri 11pm EST) over at Sarah Celebrates if you don’t already!

  2. Gentle Joy September 9, 2014 at 10:27 am #

    These look good… a great snack. 🙂

  3. Shanice August 29, 2014 at 3:30 pm #

    I love all natural recipes! Thank you for sharing this post at City of Creative Dream’s City of Links last Friday! I appreciate you taking the time to party with me. Hope to see you again this week 🙂

  4. Danita @O Taste And See August 21, 2014 at 4:33 pm #

    Thanks for sharing at Family Fun Friday! Just dropping by to let you know you’ve been featured this week!

    • Candy August 21, 2014 at 4:44 pm #

      Awesome! Thanks, Danita. 🙂

  5. Naomi@WhatJoyIsMine May 20, 2014 at 2:01 pm #

    Candy…This looks like my kind of treat. Looking forward to trying it. I’ll be pinning it so I have it saved. Thank you for sharing at WJIM’s Monday’s Musings. Have a great week.

  6. Mary@Back to the Basics! May 20, 2014 at 7:31 am #

    Thank you for sharing at Tuesdays with a Twist! Hope to see you again this week!
    Mary @ Back to the Basics

  7. Allie May 10, 2014 at 7:38 pm #

    I love the chocolate melted on top!
    I make my own granola bars too. It’s amazing how easy they are to make and how much cheaper it is than buying them.

    • Candy May 10, 2014 at 7:59 pm #

      Me too! The chocolate makes it more appealing to my kiddos, but I’m using dark chocolate so they’re still getting some health benefits. 🙂 They are definitely cheaper…that always makes me smile!

  8. Starla J May 9, 2014 at 11:56 pm #

    Looks yummy! I pinned it.

    • Candy May 10, 2014 at 9:01 am #

      Thanks for stopping by, Starla. 🙂 Enjoy!

  9. Rachel Kathyg @ onlinesisterhood May 9, 2014 at 7:59 am #

    I think these look yummy! pinned to try. found at anything goes linky. Have a wonderful weekend.

    • Candy May 9, 2014 at 3:55 pm #

      You won’t be sorry…They’re amazing! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  10. Keri May 8, 2014 at 4:06 pm #

    Yum! These look delicious. Pinning and hope to make soon as we’re trying to buy less snack foods and make more homemade. Thanks!

    • Candy May 8, 2014 at 8:57 pm #

      Thanks! I know you’ll love ’em, Keri! 🙂

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