Homemade granola bars

Active.com tweeted about healthy recipes to give this season and the peanutty energy bars sparked my attention.

I went to make them and was missing some key ingredients(half of the oatmeal), so I just added in more nuts and dried fruit and they turned out great.

Here’s what I used:

  • 3/4 cup of quick oats
  • 1 1/2 cups of unsugared cereal(I used Cheerios that I crushed up a little, the recipe recommended rice krispies)
  • 3/4 cup dried fruits of choice(I used a combo of raisins, cranberries, papaya and pineapple)
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups of nuts of choice(I used almonds, cashews, peanuts and sunflower seeds)
  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  1. Mix peanut butter, light corn syrup, and brown sugar in microwave safe bowl and cook on high for 2 minutes.
  2. While that is in the microwave, mix all dry ingredients together in a separate bowl.
  3. When the microwaved ingredients are finished heating, add in 1 teaspoon of vanilla and mix ingredients until smooth.
  4. Pour warm liquid ingredients into dry mixture and mix until well combined and dry ingredients are well coated.
  5. Spread mixture evenly into a 9×13 pan and press down with a silicone spatula or with lightly oiled hands. I lined the pan with wax paper so they could be easily lifted out.
  6. Let set for one hour, lift out of pan and then cut into granola bars.
  7. Wrap individually in wax paper and eat when hungry or share with friends.

These turned out awesome and took no time to throw together. I can’t wait to make them again and change up the ingredients. It seems like a pretty fail-proof recipe.


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  1. Pingback: Granola bars: take two « Spatoola

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