Homemade Granola Bars

Well I’ve had writers block for a while now.  I have a blog in the works about why we foster (and why you shouldgranola bars on the kitchen counter too), but I can’t seem to finish it!  So in the mean time I found a great recipe to share as we go back to school and back to packing lunches.

I stumbled across this recipe on Pinterest the other day and had to try it…of course I tweeked it based on ingredients I like to use and had on hand, and here is what I came up with…

  • 4 c old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 c whole wheat flour
  • 1/4-1/2 c flax seed mill (I sneak this in lots of my recipes!)
  • 1/3 c brown sugar
  • 1/2 c chocolate chips (more or less as you like)
  • 1/2 c dried cherries (or whatever dried fruit or nuts you have)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 c coconut oil (the original called for canola oil, but we prefer this)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c honey

Preheat oven to 325 F.  Combine first 7 ingredients in a large bowl.  Pour remaining wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix until well combined.  Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Press the granola mixture evenly over the cookie sheet. Bake at 325 F for about 20 minutes or until just starting to brown on top.  Let the granola cool on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes.  Transfer the parchment paper and granola onto a cutting board and cut into bars.  Enjoy!

I wrapped my bars in saran wrap and put them in a zip lock so my family wouldn’t devour them all at once!  My husband said they were the best granola bars he’d eaten and my kids loved them.  I will probably have to hide these from the kids family in order to actually put them in lunches. 🙂  FYI – They are really chewy out of the oven, but crunchier the next day.  We like chewy and crunchy granola bars, so this is fine by us!

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One thought on “Homemade Granola Bars

  1. I’m a huge fan of making my own granola bars. So much cheaper and healthier. Plus, you get to choose only your favorite ingredients (no more dates in my bars just because I wanted cranberries and the only kind with cranberries also had dates… YAY!) Thanks for the recipe. Can’t wait to try it. 🙂

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