Granola Breakfast Bars

Granola Breakfast Bars

(12 servings)    Printable Version
  • For Granola:
  • 2 cups quick or old-fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup almonds or walnuts - coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar - packed
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 Tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup raisins (optional)

  • To Make Bars:
  • 1 and 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup light brown sugar - packed
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
First, make the granola:

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

Lightly grease a wide cooking pan.

Combine the oats and nuts in the pan and set aside.

In a medium sauce pan on medium heat, combine all remaining granola ingredients. Stir about 5 minutes until sugar is completely dissolved. If it starts to boil, reduce heat immedietly.

Pour mixture over oats and nuts in the pan. Stir up the oats and nuts, so everything get a little coated.

Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes - stir once every 15 minutes for even cooking. Remove from oven. If using raisins, stir them in right after you remove the pan from the oven.

Allow granola to cool at least 10 minutes.

Now, make the bars:

Increase oven temperature to 350 degrees.

Prepare a 9 x 13 pan with a light coating of butter or cooking spray.

In a medium mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until you get a wet sand-like texture. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until fluffy.

In a seperate large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, salt and cinnamon.

Combine the two mixtures in the large bowl and mix well.

Stir granola into the bowl.

Spread the mixture evenly in prepared pan.

Bake for 30 to 40 minutes until lightly browned. If a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, it's done.

Remove from oven and allow to cool. Cut into 12 bars (or fewer or more depending on the size you want).

Great homemade on-the-go breakfast bars... so much better than packaged granola bars.

Mr Breakfast would like to thank Sisterbreakfast for this recipe.

Comments About This Recipe
What do you think of Granola Breakfast Bars?
Overall Average Rating = 4 (out of 5)
Based on 2 votes.

From Joy
Rating (out of 5):  

@Hmmmm, considering the store bought alternative ... So here's a solution {no, I'm not a rocket scientist}, reduce the amount of sugar or use a healthier sugar substitute like sucanat, juice your own apples or use homemade apple sauce and remind me what the problem with honey is?

Comment submitted: 7/25/2012 (#14186)

From Woodstock
Rating (out of 5):  

Love it! Made several little bars or large nuggets instead of the dozen. Seems like a good recipe to experiment with... next time, I may try mini chocolate chips or coconut and almond slivers. Sometimes I feel like a nut. Sometime I don't.

Comment submitted: 8/27/2009 (#8606)

From Eat-Smart

Pure apple juice and honey are very good for you. But you can live without sugar.

Comment submitted: 1/22/2009 (#7429)

From BreakfastRocks

Want to make these but looking for information on how to store them and how long they will store. Can anyone help me?

Comment submitted: 2/25/2008 (#4699)

From Hmmmm

Please tell me how a breakfast bar that contains refined sugar, apple juice AND honey is healthy!!!!?

Comment submitted: 1/10/2007 (#1161)

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