Great Granola Bar Recipe – 7 Points+

      

Are you looking for a great granola bar recipe?

I think this one is a winner. It makes granola bars with great flavor and lots of texture.

Homemade granola bars mare a perfect snack any time of day. And they are so much tastier, healthier, and cheaper than the ones in a box.

If you’ve ever wondered about how to make granola bars – I’m here to tell you that it’s really easy and hope you decide to give it a try.

 

Granola Bars

Granola Bars Photo Courtesy Flickr - Jenn.B

Great Granola Bars Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Bake Time: 30 minutes
Makes: 12 bars

Ingredients

2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup sliced almonds
1 cup shredded coconut, loosely packed
½ cup toasted wheat germ
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2/3 cup real maple syrup or honey
1/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup dried cranberries
½ cup chopped dried apricots
½ cup chopped pitted dates

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9-inch square baking pan with foil and spray the foil with nonstick cooking spray and pull out a cookie sheet.

Toss the rolled oats, almonds, and coconut together on the cookie sheet 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.

Place the oil, maple syrup, 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 oat mixture.

Add the cranberries, apricots and dates and stir well.

Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Wet your fingers firmly press the mixture evenly into the pan.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until light golden brown.

Cool for at least 2 to 3 hours before cutting into bars.

Nutritional Estimates Per Serving (1 bar): 253 calories, 11 g fat, 36 g carbohydrate, 5 g protein, 5 g fiber and 7 WW Points+

My cooking notes and use what you have variations:

  • This recipe can be modified in dozens of ways to suit your tastes. I am not a huge honey fan so I always make them with maple syrup.  But feel free to use honey or a combination of maple syrup and honey if you like.
  • Use the kinds of dried fruit and nuts you like best or have available.
  • Ground flaxseed can be used in place of the wheat germ

Links to more great granola bar recipes around the web:

Easy Granola Bars – found at All Recipes
Telluride Trail Bars – found at Family Fresh Cooking
Healthy Granola Bar Recipes - found at Best Ever Cookie Collection

You might also like…

How to Make Granola Bars – Tips, Tricks and How To’s for making homemade granola bars
Free Granola Bar E Book – a collection of of favorite granola bar recipes for you to download
Favorite Granola Recipe - A great basic granola recipe that can be modified lots of delicious ways
Healthy Homemade Granola Bars - makes soft chewy cake like granola/energy bars

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Comments

  1. jen says

    hey!i am trying to find a granola bar recipe with less sugar and fat,but they all turn always kinda dence.is it possible to get a more crumbly and fluffy bar without all the fat?

    • says

      Hi Jen,

      The less sugar and fat it a recipe, the more dense it’s going to be. Fat and sugar both add tenderness. I’m not really sure how you create a crumbly, fluffy bar without fat!

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