This is a post I had started over on my personal blog a few years ago, but it just kept getting pushed further down the posting list until it was out of sight. Alexandra commented on my post last week about getting the recipe…. just the push I needed I guess.
I found this recipe back in 2010 over at Living on a Dime and I have been making them ever since then. This is what my husband has for breakfast every day. They make a great snack and they freeze well. I always grab a few to take with me when I head out to run errands for the day. Having them with me keeps me from making a bad decision (fast food drive-thru) when I start to get really hungry.
The base of the recipe is great and then you go off in the direction you want to with your special ingredients. I substitute honey for the granulated sugar in this recipe. I know honey still has calories just like granulated sugar, but I am not focusing on calories here, I am focusing on my ingredients and where they come from along with the benefits of the things I add to them. Also, I think I am getting a healthier granola bar then the ones in the store that are full of additives and preservatives that I am working so hard to stay away from.
Homemade Granola Bars Adapted from website Living on a Dime
Cream together (I use my stand mixer or hand-held mixer)
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
Add to mix (use electric mixer)
2 Tbsp. honey or corn syrup
1/2 tsp. vanilla
Peanut butter (optional)
Add to mix (I still use that mixer)
1 cup flour
1 T cinnamon
1/2 tsp. baking soda
Stir into mix
Add dried fruit, nuts, coconut, etc.
Stir in remaining ingredients.
Add to mix
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 1/4 cups crispy rice cereal (I use an organic puffed rice or puffed millet)
Press firmly into the bottom of a greased 9×13 pan. (I use the back of a spoon to press the mixture into pan.)
Bake at 350° for 30 – 35 minutes. (looking for golden brown – but not crispy
The bars will firm up as they cool.
Allow the bars to cool completely before cutting.
Makes 24 bars.
Here is what I add to mine:
Ground flax seed
Raisins or died cranberries or dried apricots
A few of my notes:
- I don’t tend to measure the ingredients when I am making these up, other than there is always a 1 cup measure in each jar of flour that I have and 1/4 cup measuring cup in both my oatmeal and my puffed millet. I have found when using honey in place of the granulated sugar that I need to add more flour to the mixture. Since I am not measuring, my granola bars can come out either quite chewy gooey or quite firm and crunchy.
- Another thing to keep in mind when using more honey in these bars, is that if you bake them at 350F like the original recipe calls for, they will brown and burn more quickly and the bars won’t be completely cooked, so I turn down the oven to 300F to bake them slower and a lower heat setting. They still brown up more, but they don’t burn as quickly.
I cannot count how many times that I have passed on this recipe and everyone that has made them has been thrilled with the results.
I make two batches at a time and always keep them in the freezer.
Do you make your own granola or granola bars? Feel free the share your recipe or a link to it in the comments.