A Recipe for Homemade Granola Bars

This healthy recipe for homemade granola bars is easy to make and a nutritious choice for your family.

| September/October 1985


I invented what I feel is an unbeatable recipe for homemade granola bars.


This recipe for homemade granola bars is not only a healthy but easy to make recipe for your family. 

A Recipe for Homemade Granola Bars

My family loves granola—especially granola bars. Unfortunately, most store-bought granola bars are nothing but candy in clever disguise.  And the few truly nutritious granola products on the market more often than not taste like cardboard and cost like the devil.

So, once again, necessity was the mother, and — after a bit of experimentation — I invented what I feel is an unbeatable recipe for homemade granola bars. While I consider the following list of ingredients to be the core of the recipe, you can change things around a bit to suit your family's tastes and preferences. In fact, in a moment I'll offer some suggestions for doing just that.

Recipe for Homemade Granola Bars

2½ cups rolled oats (old-fashioned or instant)
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup slivered almonds
4 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
1 cup raisins
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

While your oven is preheating to 300 degrees Fahrenheit, spread the oats, coconut, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, wheat germ and almonds evenly on a 9 inch by 12 inch baking sheet. Bake these dry ingredients for 20 minutes, stirring them occasionally.

Meanwhile, heat the butter (or margarine), brown sugar and honey in a small saucepan, allowing the brew to simmer until the oat mixture is ready to come out of the oven. (If you or yours like really crispy granola, bake the dry ingredients an additional few minutes.) As soon as the oat mixture is out, add the raisins, stirring them into the other ingredients.

6/5/2014 12:47:04 AM

There is no limit of http://gourmed.com/ regardless of whatever be the cuisine of the food that you love to eat. Excellent recipe indeed!

5/8/2013 3:36:18 PM

I have made this a couple times. I boil the honey mixture quite a while, constantly stirring, so maybe that's why mine holds together pretty well. It does crumble somewhat but that's okay - I use those as a cereal. :)

shirley stann
3/4/2013 2:50:30 PM

I have had this recipe for years and just made it last night. These are delicious. They crumbled when I cut them until I used a really sharp cerrated knife and sort of "sawed: them and then they did not crumble anymore. The edges do cruble no matter what. The only change I made was I added peanut butter and extra oats and used 2 pans (8x8) instead of one. This made more bars PLUS they had fewer calories b/c they were not so thick. I got 18 bars from this recipe and am so happy with them. And I LOVE the fact that there is only 1/4 cup of brown sugar in 18 bars. I dont know why I never made them before.

roger warstler
5/28/2011 3:53:00 PM

I made the granola bars and they tasted very good. They fall apart when cutting. I made this twice and same thing happened. What do I need to do to solve this problem?

tony huan
10/23/2008 6:03:48 PM

I tried the granola bar recipe. It tastes good. However, my problem is I can't seem to cut them into bars. The mixture is crumbly. Rather difficult to eat on the go. Appreciate insight into this. Thanks a million.

2/9/2008 2:36:52 PM

i emptied a packet of hot chocolate mix into my dry mixture and that made for lots of chocolaty goodness...

5/10/2007 5:06:10 PM

I got into the snacks at my son's house while baby-sitting and my daughter-in-law had made this and it is GREAT!

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