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Homemade Granola Bar Recipe

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Years ago I fiddled around with a granola bar recipe until our kids told me they loved them (and bragged they were the best ever). Considering I’m baking for a select audience, I considered that the highest praise and quit messing with a god thing.

The fact they we know what is in the recipe is an added bonus.

They disappear quickly around our home (keep in mind we have some growing teenage boys), and if you stick around our house long enough, the kids may offer you one. 

And side note – fresh and warm out of the oven, when the chocolate is all melty – well, they are pretty tasty then as well!

Homemade Granola Bars
Serves 36
A delicious homemade alternative to granola bars - guaranteed to disappear!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
40 min
  1. 4 cups rolled oats {not quick oats}
  2. 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  3. 1/2 cup flax seeds, ground
  4. 1/2 cup wheat germ
  5. 1/2 bag {6 oz.} of mini chocolate chips
  6. 1/2 cup brown sugar {or 1 cup if no sucanat is used}
  7. 1/2 cup sucanat
  8. 3/4 to 1 cup honey {depends on how sweet you like them}
  9. 2 tsp cinnamon
  10. 1 tsp salt
  11. 1 cup oil {I use a mix of coconut oil and olive oil}
  12. 2 eggs, beaten
  13. 3 tsp vanilla extract
To Make
  1. Mix all of the dry ingredients together in one bowl. Combine wet ingredients in a second bowl until eggs and other ingredients are mixed thoroughly. Add to the dry ingredients and combined.
  2. Press the mixture onto a well-greased jelly roll pan.
  3. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes. We like ours a little more ‘chewy’ so I baked ours for about 22 minutes.
  4. Let cool for about 10 minutes and then cut into bars. Let them finish cooling in the pan.
  5. Remove from the pan and store in an airtight container.
  1. Makes: 24 – 36 bars depending on the size of the bars you cut. I made 24 with the first batch and then cut them smaller {more like a store bought size} the next time and made 36 bars since they are very filling.
  2. The sucanat can be easily omitted and a different sugar can be used based on your personal preferences. To omit wheat germ or flax seeds, sub equal amounts of flour.
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We’ve had friends over the years tell us they have subbed applesauce for the oil with fabulous results, so have fun fiddling with this recipe as well. We personally prefer using the mini chocolate chips (they are the best chocolate chips to use in any situation because you technically get more chocolate per bite – wink). 

In a bit I’ll be sharing some other favorite “fill up the kids” recipes, because having bottomless pits of boys (and girls) in the house means I need to stock up quite frequently!

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