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Homemade Granola Bars | FAB 50:8

Yummm. We sure do love these. Here’s the one thing you need to know about: Honey. Do your research. Decide when you are comfortable feeding it to your children. It is an absolute no-no before one–and so are nuts, though the latter is now up for debate thanks to some recent news from the Journal of Allergy. But because of the honey and choking hazards, children under one should not eat these. But I am not a doctor or nutritionist or anyone qualified to give advice on these topics, so talk to your doctor about nuts & honey. I’m just here to share how I make our favorite snack!

Now that THAT is out of the way, here’s the basic recipe for our faaaaaaavorite granola bars (& big thanks to my super mama friend, Christine, for sharing it!):

HOMEMADE GRANOLA BARS

Yield: about 2 dozen bars, or more

Ingredients

  • 4 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 2 cups sliced almonds
  • 2-3 cups raw nuts (sunflower seeds, pepitas, pistachios, walnut pieces etc)
  • 1-2 cup raw shredded coconut or raw sesame seeds (or peanut butter? maybe?)
  • 1 cup wheat germ or almond meal
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 tb pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup chopped dried fruit (pitted dates, dried apricots, cherries and/or cranberries)

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking dishes with parchment paper. (I use a rimmed baking sheet)
  • Toss the oats, nuts, wheat germ/almond meal and coconut together on a sheet pan and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned. (Coconut makes it chewy; for a hard crunchy texture, omit it)
  • Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees F.
  • Place the butter, honey, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt in a large saucepan and bring to a simmer over low-medium heat. Cook and stir for a minute, then pour in the toasted oatmeal mixture. Add the dried fruit and stir well.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dishes. Wet your fingers and lightly press the mixture evenly into the pan, or use more parchment paper to press it down.
  • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until light golden brown. (If it’s not cooked enough, they will crumble and break).
  • Cool for at least 2 to 3 hours before cutting into squares. Enjoy!

Now, you can add whatever you want to suit your taste. Our favorite concoction so far is a mix of everything above, but specifically choosing: organic oats, sliced almonds, chopped walnuts, pistachio meat, almond meal (not wheat germ), sweetened coconut, dark brown sugar, organic dried cherries & cranberries. Oh, and I added a bunch of Chia seeds, because they are so good for you. I got all my ingredients at Trader Joe’s. My kids cannot get enough of these! I make them in a giant wok on the stove because I make big batches–double the above! They stay fresh for quite a while!

Soooo good. Now I need some new ideas–what do you add to your granola? Please share!

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  • Brianna - Sounds yummy! Have you tried PB2? I bought some but have yet to use it. I’m wondering if it would be a good fit with this recipe… I’m thinking so… :) Thanks for the recipe!ReplyCancel

    • -shawna- - I haven’t yet tried peanut butter! I will though. I’m just not a huge fan of PB in granola. Personal preference!ReplyCancel

  • nowlin roberts - Shawna, Thank you for the Granola Bars! They were beyond AMAZING!
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  • Jessica - Yum! I’ve tried a few different homemade granola bars but nothing I’ve fell in love with. I will have to try these.ReplyCancel

  • Becky - I like to add flaxseed meal and brewers yeast to our granola mix. Mostly because I’m nursing and those two ingredients (along with oats) are great for lactation.ReplyCancel

  • alison - These remind me a little of KIND bars with all the great nuts in them. Granola bars are a staple at our house too. Can’t wait to try these. One of our favorite add ins is mini choc chips. No, not too healthy, but they add a little sweetness and mix things up a bit.ReplyCancel

    • -shawna- - yes–totally like kind bars–but WAY cheaper! We can’t do much chocolate for on the go down here because it melts so fast in the darn heat. Already 90 down here. :/ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Busbey - Okay lady, how do you store them? And how long are they good for?? Can’t wait to make these!!ReplyCancel

    • -shawna- - I store them in a ziploc bag or tupperware and they have never lasted long enough to know when they go bad! Good for at least a month. :)ReplyCancel

  • Amy - Shawna what would you suggest as a replacement for wheat germ and almond meal? My son can’t have either but I think I can find ways to replace the other stuff! Thanks for the recipe!ReplyCancel

  • Jenn - I will definitely be making these this week- YUM. I’m curious if you’ve noticed a big uptake in your grocery budget since adding a little boy to the mix? I have a 4yo girl and 18 mo boy and literally can’t keep enough food in the house for him! He eats so much more than our girl did, so we’re trying to adjust financially to find a good balance while still eating mostly organic.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - We made these yesterday. My 4 year old ate 3 before I had them all cut! Very good, we love them.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - So excited to make these for my little boy! Thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

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  • Melissa WIlson - Thank you for sharing this recipe. It’s been a total and complete hit at our house!ReplyCancel

  • Azzi - I love to have this kind of stuff. It seems tough to prepare,but will try.

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  • Lindsay - Yum! I have to try these! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Sara - Enjoying these! I normally do something very similar, but my ‘wet’ ingredients was a can or two of evaporated milk and I never tried toasting the oats and nuts before hand. I think I would like to add a bit more fruit to the mix, but otherwise I loved them.ReplyCancel

  • Carina - So delicious! I have been advised by the pediatrician to fatten up my toddler so these are perfect. Mine turned out too crumbly so they don’t really stay together as a bar. Any tips?

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    • -shawna- - Maybe bake a little less? & add more coconut & honey? Good luck!! & I hope your residency flies by! Your specialty is great for moms!! :)ReplyCancel

  • charlie - Shawna! Have made these a couple of times and they are so great! I want to try adding almond butter in the next batch-do you have any idea how much to add??!!ReplyCancel

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