Homemade Granola Bars

Total Time:
4 hr 5 min
Prep:
25 min
Inactive:
3 hr
Cook:
40 min

Yield:
12 to 16 bars
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup shredded coconut, loosely packed
  • 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 chopped pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter an 8 by 12-inch baking dish and line it with parchment paper.

Toss the oatmeal, almonds, and coconut together on a sheet pan 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.

Place the butter, honey, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook and stir for a minute, then pour over the toasted oatmeal mixture. Add the dates, apricots, and cranberries and stir well.

Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Wet your fingers 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. Serve at room temperature.


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These are my all time favorite granola bars! I use coconut oil and coconut palm sugar instead of the butter and brown sugar, but have made them both ways and they are always perfect! I have seen reviews that state theirs turned out crumbly and the only thing I can imagine that would cause them to be crumbly would be not letting them sit and cool long enough after taking them out of the oven. They only time I have had it happen was when I was impatient and couldn't wait to cut a bit from the pan and sample it.. But I simply pressed the rest of back into the pan and let them cool a couple of more hours and they cut into perfect bars. Thank you, Ina! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Here are some tips for those who find these too crumbly: 1) the mix should look like there's in way it will stay together before you've packed it into a baking dish. Trust me, it will be fine. 2) pack into pan before baking. 3) cut the bars while they are a bit warm still, with a sharp chefs knife and push the knife down straight, with good pressure, and fast. This minimizes crumbling while cutting. 4) bars that are breaking up while cutting can be saved! Form each "bar" shape best you can on a sheet on foil and then roll the foil around the bar, then refrigerate. I did this so my boyfriend could take these to work individually and when I pulled them out of the foil wrappers, they were perfect. 5) don't modify the amount of honey and expect these to hold together. Exception: sub some honey for corn syrup. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent recipe. Note that you can make this a little healthier. My husband and I avoid refined sugar and gluten. Used oat bran for the wheat germ, slightly less honey, g.f. oats and coconut palm sugar, less amount again. With these changes they were wonderful and far sweet enough. Next time I may cut the honey down to just 1/3 and would hope it wouldn't ruin the caramelization and quantity of liquid for the bars. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I forgot the wheat germ, but made the whole recipe. I crumbled it up after is cooled down and used it for granola over my yogurt in the morning. I made packages for many people at work for Christmas and they raved about it! Thanks, Ina. item not reviewed by moderator and published
tastes good and easy recipe but abt a 1/3 of the bars were crumbly.. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these bars and packaged them individually with personalized labels and gave them out as Christmas treats to my winter athlete friends. They were a huge hit! While I did not modify the recipe if you wanted to add seeds or different dried fruit you sure could. The bars stayed together nicely. I cut only after they were completely cooled and when they came out of the oven I pressed the bars gently as one reviewer suggested. item not reviewed by moderator and published
To keep these bars from falling apart, press them down quite firmly into the pan ( I use a quarter sheet pan). Then, let them cool COMPLETELY before slicing. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Only had half the honey required, so subbed the rest with agave. Used half old fashioned oats and half old fashioned 5 grain blend. Added some cinnamon. These were AWESOME! Slightly crumbly, but I expected that. Thanks, Ina! :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
So much better than purchased granola bars. I did not have any wheat germ so used toasted flax seed meal. organic unsweetened grated coconut (did not have any shredded) a combo of cranberries, apricots, dates, and peaches, subbed pecans for almonds, and omitted the brown sugar all together. They are plenty sweet and delicious. As to them holding together, I used the back of a spatula to really firmly compress them before baking then baked them for the full time recommended at 300 degrees and find they are just right - slightly chewy, hold together for the most part, but can be easily broken or crumbled over plain Greek yogurt for a delicious breakfast or snack - mmmmmn! There is a problem with this recipe though - I can't stop eating them!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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Calories = 262 per bar (16 bars total) item not reviewed by moderator and published

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