I’ve been wanting to make some homemade granola bars for a while now. I just like the idea of knowing exactly what is in them instead of buying them from the store, plus I like a lot of little things that most packaged granola bars don’t have in them. I stumbled across this recipe and tweaked it a bit to suit my own tastes, and I was very pleased with the results. I would have liked them to be a bit stickier and firmer, but I will continue to play with the recipe until I’ve got it perfected! These were still very tasty and great for a quick breakfast or a mid-day snack because they’re packed with tons of good-for-you ingredients, such as jumbo golden raisins, flaxseed, oats, walnuts, almonds, and roasted sunflower seed kernels. There are also plenty of fun ingredients, too, like orange-flavored dried cranberries, shredded coconut, and some dark-chocolate M&Ms that I had laying around and decided to throw in last minute. All of the different flavors and textures in these granola bites make them irresistible! Each bite is filled with a different ingredient and it’ll make you excited to play around making your own granola, I promise!
Your ingredients. Feel free to switch out ingredients that you have handy for the ones that I used.
Toast your oats, almonds, and walnuts and set aside to cool a bit.
In a small sauce pan, melt together the honey, brown sugar, butter, salt, and vanilla until all of the sugar has dissolved, then set aside to cool a bit.
Combine the sunflower seeds kernels, cranberries, raisins, coconut, flaxseed, and M&Ms.
Add in the oats and nuts and toss until everything is combined well.
Pour the honey mixture over the granola and toss until everything is well coated.
Line a pan with foil, spray with Pam, and spread the granola into the pan and press down with a spatula or your fingers, depending how warm the mixture is at this point. Bake at 300 degrees F for 20-25 minutes, until the granola is lightly golden and a bit firmer than it was before you put it in the oven. LET THE GRANOLA BARS COOL COMPLETELY. If you don’t let them cool completely (this will take a few hours), they will completely fall apart when you try to cut them.
Cut into long bars or small squares if you’re serving a lot of people, like I was (I sent them into work with Kramer and brought some to my hair stylist). Wrap in parchment paper or place in muffin cups and enjoy!
- 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup chopped or sliced almonds (I used about ¼ cup sliced and ¾ cup chopped)
- ½ cup chopped walnuts
- ⅔ cup honey
- ¼ cup light corn syrup
- ¼ cup light or dark packed brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (I think that I would like to try 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 teaspoon almond extract next time)
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ cup unsalted roasted sunflower seed kernels
- ½ cup ground flaxseed
- 1 cup orange-flavored dried cranberries (or regular dried cranberries)
- ¼ cup golden or regular raisins (I used the jumbo kind and they were great because of how chewy and "meaty" they were)
- 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
- ½ M&Ms
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x13 inch baking dish with foil (this allows you to lift the bars out and cut them with ease when they're cooled) and spray with Pam. Set aside.
- Spread the oats, walnuts, and almonds out on a baking sheet and toast them in the oven for 8 minutes, remove and stir them a bit to ensure even toasting, and toast for another 8 minutes. Remove them from the oven, set them aside, and reduce the temperature to 300 degrees F.
- While the oats and nuts toast, combine the honey, corn syrup, brown sugar, butter, vanilla, and salt in a small sauce pan. Heat it over medium-low heat until the butter and brown sugar are melted and the sugar has fully dissolved, then set aside to cool for a bit.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the sunflower seed kernels, flaxseed, cranberries, raisins, M&Ms, and coconut. Add the toasted oats and almonds and toss to make sure everything is evenly combined. Pour the honey mixture into the bowl, and stir until all of the dry ingredients are coated in the honey mixture. Transfer to the prepared baking dish, spreading the mixture evenly and pressing down with your fingers or with a greased spatula, depending on how how the bars are.
- Bake in the 300 degree F oven for 20-25 minutes, until slightly more golden. Allow to cool COMPLETELY (seriously, they will far apart if they haven't cooled 100% - this may take a few hours) before slicing into bars or "bites". Makes 16-20 bars or 32-36 bites.