How to Make Your Own Granola Bars
By Alison Wickmann
Granola bars are a delicious, convenient and healthy snack that can be taken on the go and eat anywhere at anytime. There are so many different varieties of bars out there and sometimes it can get confusing which ones are actually good for you and which ones are full of artificial ingredients.
One of the best ways to truly know which ones are the healthiest is to actually make them yourself! It’s not as difficult as it may seem, and many granola bars actually require very few ingredients that are cost effective as well.
The best part about making your own granola bars is that you can perfectly customize them to your own taste. If you like more nuts in your bars, you can include a wide variety like peanuts, pecans or walnuts. If you like your bars to be sweeter, dark chocolate or m&ms are always a fun component to include.
If you’re not sure where to start on your own homemade granola bars, here is a simple base recipe that can help you kick-start your new favorite healthy snack and still allow plenty of room to get creative with it!
Base Granola Bar Recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 2 servings
- 2 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 cup nuts, roughly chopped
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3/4 cups total extra mix-ins (about 1/4 cup of 3 different ingredients such as dried fruits, coconut, chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9-inch square baking dish with parchment or foil and lightly spray with cooking spray.
- Place the oats and nuts on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes until lightly toasted. Place the nuts and oats in a large bowl.
- While the oats are toasting, add the honey, butter, and brown sugar to a small saucepan.
- Cook over medium heat until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally. When butter mixture is ready, remove it from the heat and stir in the vanilla and salt. Pour this mixture over the oat and nut mixture and stir to combine.
- Add any extra ingredients (except for chocolate) and stir to combine. Make sure none of the oats are dry.
- If you are adding chocolate, wait about 15 minutes for the mixture to cool a bit before adding the chocolate and then stirring to combine.
- Place all of the oat mixture in the prepared pan. Use a rubber spatula or the bottom of a greased measuring cup to press the mixture into the pan. Chill the granola bars for at least 2 hours.
- Lift the bars from the pan using the edges of the foil or parchment and place them on a cutting board. Cut into desired shape/sizes and serve.