Homemade Granola Bars

27 Jun

These are so good.  I am going to give you two versions.  I love both of them.  I am not sure they fall under the catagory of the lowest fat granola bars but they are worth it.

First version (This is the original recipe. I got this from my visiting teacher when we were first married and living in Mutton Hollow.  I made many a batch of these when the kids were small)  They are a dryer and more crumbly bar. I often just crumbled them up and used it as granola.

3 cups oatmeal

1 cup coconut

1 cup cashews  ( can use any nut, but this is my favorite)

1 cup flour

2 bags of chopped dates  ( this is my addition and not on original recipe–but makes these so much better)

1/3 cup honey

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup butter




Bring the honey, butter and the brown sugar to a boil.  Pour over the remaining ingredients. Press into a 9×13 pan. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.  Cool and cut into squares.  This is also good crumbled and served over yogurt and fruit.

Second version:  Follow instructions for first version except add 4 TB more butter and about 1/4 cup more brown sugar and 2 tsp vanilla.  Bake about 30 minutes.  These are much more gooey and chewey. Both are so good, just depends on what you are in the mood for.  I have to say-I prefer the gooey, chewey extra butter version.  I don’t know why I think just because they are “granola bars” I think they are a health food!!!!


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Posted by on June 27, 2012 in Recipes


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