Thursday, September 24, 2015

Homemade Granola Bars

I try not to keep many snacks in the house, aside from fruits and veggies, but granola bars are one of our favorites and I just can't NOT have them in the house. But I've never been super impressed with store-bought granola bars so I make my own and they are FANTASTIC. At least, we think so. This recipe makes a lot of thick and chewy granola bars, feel free to halve the recipe.

Homemade Granola Bars


6 cups old-fashioned oats
1/4 cup oil (vegetable or grapeseed works well)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup honey
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup peanut butter
3 cups of add-ins (nuts, dried fruit, pretzels, etc)

Step 1
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spread the oats in a 9x13 baking pan and toast (stirring once) for about 15 minutes. 

Step 2 

While the oats toast, heat the oil, brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, vanilla, and cinnamon in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and heat until the brown sugar has dissolved. Stir in peanut butter and set aside.

Step 3

Add 3 cups of add-ins to the toasted oats and stir. I chose dried chopped figs, raisins, dried cranberries, pretzel pieces, sunflower kernels, almonds, walnuts, and chocolate chips. 

Step 4

Pour the syrup over the oat mixture and stir to coat. With a spatula, press the oats into the pan. Flatten and press the mixture until it's smooth and even. Let cool for about an hour. Then cut into bars. 


Joan said...

It looks like a delicious and very versatile recipe. I've been looking for a granola bar recipe and this would be perfect for us and the grandkids. I can't find the pan size listed. Since you've made them alot wondering what size works best? Thank you!

The Virtuous Wife said...

Sorry Joan, I totally forgot to post that! Ha, I'll fix it right now. I use a 9X13 pan.

Zelia Santos said...

Hi there, is there anything that you can recommend to substitute the peanut butter with? My son goes to a nut-free school and I would love to have a version that he can bring with him. Thanks

Ashley said...

Sunbutter is our favorite nut-less butter... It's made from sunflower seeds, and it's delicious! I've never made this recipe, but we love it in general :)

Anonymous said...

How long do you think these would keep for? Do you leave out in ziplock bags, in fridge or freezer? Thank you for all of your great recipes

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