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I may never buy granola bars again.  My daughter makes these homemade granola bars and they are delicious!  You could substitute any fruit you’d like – dried cranberries, cherries, blueberries or dates.  I think any of them would be scrumptious.  Here’s the recipe and enjoy!   

Homemade Granola Bars  

2 cups rolled oats

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup wheat germ*

*The second time my daughter made these delicious granola bars, she was out of wheat germ and I think I liked them better that way.  I added the whole 1/2 cup and I think it was a little too much.  Next time, I’ll reduce it to maybe 2 tablespoons for the healthy effect.  😉

3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 cup raisins (or you could probably try any other favorite dried fruit – like blueberries, dates or cherries)

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup honey

1 egg, beaten

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Generously grease a 9×13 inch baking pan.  In a large bowl, combine the oats, brown sugar, wheat germ, cinnamon, flour, raisins and salt.  Combine the wet ingredients.  Make a well in the center, and pour in the honey, egg, oil and vanilla.  Using your hands, mix well.  Pat the mixture evenly into the prepared pan.  Bake for about 20 – 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until the bars begin to turn golden at the edges. Cool for 5 minutes, then cut into bars while still warm. Do not allow the bars to cool completely before cutting, or they will be too hard to cut.  Enjoy!

4 Responses to Yummy homemade granola bars…

  • tanna says:

    Hope this comment makes it though! I know you have been enjoying your time with your grands. There is just nothing like spending time with their sweet, sweet little selves. blessings ~ tanna
    the bread AND the granola look good!!

  • Heather says:

    These look delicious! I’ve only ever eaten those hard Nature Valley granola bars, and these must be a million times better. Thanks for sharing!

  • Farmlady says:

    I copied this recipe. It sounds so good. Thanks

  • Sharon says:

    This looks similar to a recipe I had years ago when my children were small. The ones I made were a good supplement for a hurried breakfast or as lunchbox fodder.

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