School is almost in session for everyone. If your kids are like mine, they love granola bars. I decided to give making my own a try. I could not find a recipe that I liked, so I made up my own from what I saw the other recipes were made of and what I had on hand. They turned out great! And the best thing is…they have a lot of healthy ingredients and since my kids helped me make them, they were much more willing to eat them, too. Give them a try and let me know what you think!
What You Need:
- 3/4 tsp. Cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp Ground Ginger
- 1/8 – ish tsp Nutmeg (depending on how strong of a nutmeg flavor you want)
- 1/4 cup Olive Oil
- 1/2 cup Honey
- 1 1/2 tsp. Vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 1 cup All-Purpose Flour
- 2 cups Rolled Oats – Measure and then blend
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/2 cup Wheat Germ
- 3/4 cup Brown Sugar
- 1/4 cup Applesauce
- 1/4 cup Craisins
- 3/4 cups chopped Nuts (I used 1/4 cup Pecans, 1/2 cup Nut Mix (Pumpkin, Sunflower, Pine Nut, Almond)
- 1/2 – 3/4 cups Milk Chocolate Chips (or White Chocolate Chips or a mix of both!)
- 2 large bowls
- Mixing spoon
- 9×13 pan
- Wax paper
Step 1: Mix dry ingredients together (oats, flour, salt, wheat germ, sugar, nuts, dried fruit). I mixed them all up and threw them into the blender/food processor to get a nice even blend. The less texture, the less questions I have about what is in it or phrases like “I don’t like it”!
Step 2: Mix liquid and Spices together. I like to taste it here (before I add the egg) and add more cinnamon or nutmeg to see if it is what I like.
Step 3: Mix liquid and dry ingredients together until evenly mixed. The mix should be sticky, not too dry, but not sticky enough that tons get stuck to your hand when you touch it.
Step 4: Toss in Chocolate Chips and quickly mix. The milk chocolate chips will melt if mixed up too much.
Step 5: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray cooking spray into a 9×13 pan and then lay wax paper in the pan. The spray will hold the wax paper down and the wax paper will let you get the bars out easier once cooked.
Step 6: Press the mix into the pan. I found it was easier if I sprayed my hand with a little cooking spray. Then the mix did not get stuck to my hand and I could press it easier.
Step 7: Bake for 25 – 30 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
Step 8: Remove from oven and let the pan cool completely. Slice into mini granola bars store in a sealable plastic bag. Ours never last long enough to freeze, but plan on freezing if you are not going to eat them quickly.
***Note: The nuts make a huge taste difference. I thought these tasted amazingly better with pecans than when I made them with walnuts…but that is just me!
Hi I'm Loveleng saysAugust 24, 2010 at 11:35 am
looks yummy…I will try it for my chidren…new follower from blog frog…hope to see on my blog…
21st Century Housewife© saysAugust 24, 2010 at 12:55 pm
Now that is one healthy and delicious recipe – great for back to school!
alicia saysAugust 24, 2010 at 1:29 pm
This seems to be a trend today. Thanks so much for sharing and linkin up. I'll have to try them!
Stacie saysAugust 24, 2010 at 4:51 pm
I've never attempted my own granola bars! Thanks for sharing…I'll have to try them soon!
Kara@ Creations by Kara saysAugust 24, 2010 at 5:01 pm
My boys love granola bars, I'll have to give these a try. I've stumbled the post for you. 🙂
Dorkys Ramos saysAugust 25, 2010 at 9:09 am
That's great that your kids love such healthy snacks! And having them help you make these is a wonderful way to teach them about good nutrition.
Tracy saysAugust 25, 2010 at 1:52 pm
I am always looking for a homemade gronola bar recipe! I will definitely give this one a go. Thanks for posting it.
Heather saysAugust 25, 2010 at 3:19 pm
Those look so yummy! I've always wanted to make my own granola bars.
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Mellisa Rock saysAugust 26, 2010 at 7:58 am
I am going to give these a try! I have been looking for a great granola bar recipe. Every one that I have tried turned out really hard – hope these are chewy!
★All Thingz Related★ saysAugust 26, 2010 at 6:00 pm
These look really good! Thanks for sharing your great granola bar recipe with us at Anything Related!
Terrell saysAugust 27, 2010 at 7:41 am
YUMMM!! I'm all about granola bars…and I'm so going to have to try these out! Thank you so much for linking your wonderful creation up at Frou Frou Decor today!! Have a great weekend!
~Terrell @ Frou Frou Decor~
Kari saysAugust 27, 2010 at 9:31 am
YUM! This recipe looks SO good! I can't wait to try it – thanks so much for sharing this great recipe!!!
Amanda saysAugust 27, 2010 at 11:51 am
Looks delicious! My neighbor was just recently trying to make homemade granola bars and they didn't turn out at all… I'll be sure to share this with her!
Shonda saysSeptember 12, 2010 at 2:56 pm
I'm going to try this one. Thanks, Michelle.