Homemade Granola Bars

Ive been trying really hard not to make alot of sweets and keep my snacks more healthy. That's why I decided to make some granola bars.
A while back I attempted this and it was a complete fail. We literally ate it out of a jar with a spoon.

I decided to try in again with a different recipe I found at fivelittlechefs.com. It took me two tries to get it right even though this recipe is really easy. I'm thinking its all about cooking the glaze just right so it will stiffen some and making sure the granola is pressed really tight to hold it together.

First I gathered up all my Ingredients. I change them up a little bit from the original recipe I used but not much, for hers was perfect.

In a large bowl, combine:
2 cups quick oats
1 cup Rice Crispy cereal
3 Tablespoons wheat germ
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup Craisins (3 small boxes)
1/4 cup chopped pecans

In a saucepan:
melt 1/4 cup butter
add: 1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup dark brown sugar

Bring to a boil, reduce heat
add, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and cook for 2 minutes*.

Pour over dry mixture and toss until coated.
Pour granola into a parchment lined 9x13 pan and press really firm*.
put in refrigerator for 30 minutes then cut into squares or bars.
Ready to eat.

*Make sure you cook it for 2 minutes after the boil! Also make sure you press it really firm.
These to instructions are crucial.
I missed doing these two parts and this is what it turned out like....

YIKES! Just fell apart and made a big mess. I put it in a bowl and will have to just scoop it out.
(deja vu).

My second batch did better.

I added some mini chocolate chips on top before placing them in the refrigerator.

I kept some for myself for morning snacks and sent the rest to my daughter in college.

You can add all kinds of different things to fit your taste. I liked the Craisins better than raisins
and added nuts.

oh....and chocolate. :)

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  1. Granola Bars are my "go to" snack almost any time of the day. They keep me from binging on junk food :)..I've tried a recipe similar to this & they were really tasty too (I added the chocolate)

  2. I have a similar recipe and they are OH SO GOOD! I'm a sucker for the chewy chocalate chip granola bars.

    Mine were a bit soft and I had to store them in the freezer. Are these the same way?

    1. Yes. I had to store my in the fridge to keep them firm. I also found that the more I cooked the syrup, the better they held together. They were good!

  3. These sound so good and healthy!!! Since I am always looking for healthy snacks, I am pinning them! Thanks!!

    Have a super great day!!

    PS I am now following you via GFC and Linky:)))

    1. Thanks for pinning them Evelyn! Have a wonderful Day!

  4. Lisa,
    These look really good. Great recipe. Thanks so much for sharing with Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop. Have a great week.
    Debi, Charly, Marci, and Suzan