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Amazing homemade granola bars

April 25, 2010

I love granola bars. There is something so comforting about them and while I know it seems silly, they just make me smile when I eat them. The biggest problem with granola bars, I think, is that they can be kinda pricey. Hello $1 per bar at Publix. We try to save some money by purchasing them at Costco but since we are trying to save some moolah to vacation this summer it just seemed like we could cut out the cost even more by making them ourselves.

I searched several different recipe sites before settling on one that I really liked from allrecipes.com called ‘Playgroup Granola Bars‘. They got rave reviews and I figured if health conscious moms were okay giving them to their kids (and the kids liked them) then they had to be pretty good!  We added a few different ingredients based on recommendations and what we had on hand.  I think this is a great “base” recipe and would be great with all kinds of things added to it (chocolate chips, almond butter, dried blueberries, etc).

Step 1: Mix all of the dry ingredients.

  • Rolled oats
  • Cinnamon
  • Raisins
  • Golden raisins
  • Craisins
  • Whole wheat flour
  • Brown sugar
  • Salt

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Step 2: Make a little “hole” and add the wet ingredients.

  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Honey
  • Oil (we used walnut oil)
  • Vanilla extract

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Step 3: Mix.

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Step 4: Pour into a greased 13×9 pan and spread evenly.

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Step 5: Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes (the recipe calls for 30 minutes but someone commented that it really does vary by oven so we shortened the time).

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Step 6: Cool for 5 minutes and then cut into squares. The recipe says it can make 24 but we only made 12.

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Step 7: Enjoy!

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Carl tends to eat bars for breakfast so I decided to wrap them individually so they’d be easy to “grab and go”. I’m not sure how to store them (it didn’t say in the recipe) so I put a few of them in the pantry and a few of them in the fridge to see which would work better.

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The recipe was super easy to follow and didn’t take too long in the oven either. The perfect solution to saving money while still getting to eat our favorite treat!

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. April 26, 2010 6:21 am

    Nice!

  2. April 26, 2010 11:07 pm

    YUMMY! I’m going to have to give these a try!

  3. Kristen permalink
    April 27, 2010 12:02 am

    These look really good and I love the “grab ‘n go” idea.

  4. April 27, 2010 1:58 pm

    Yum!

  5. May 7, 2010 1:01 pm

    Those look great!!!I’ll try them for sure!

  6. Lisa permalink
    May 12, 2010 8:51 pm

    Made these with Anna today. Delish!!! used raisins, applesauce, choc chips too. a little chewier/cookie like than most granola bars, but soooo tasty

  7. Jennie permalink
    May 15, 2010 4:20 pm

    I made these today and I agree with Lisa, they are more like a cookie but oh soo good. i’d like to try cutting down on the sugar a bit and try some other ingredients.

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