Homemade Granola Bars w/ Recipe

Saturday, February 5, 2011

See below for the recipe I used. ;)

Homemade granola bars.

Oats, coconut, sesame seeds, wheat germ, sunflower seeds, slivered almonds.

Butter, brown sugar, honey.


How did those mini chocolate chips get on there?!?

Toasty warm.

Scored so they will be easier to remove once they have cooled.
I'll take one. Or two. Or three, please.

I used the recipe by Denise Garoutte found here and tweaked it to my liking:

My Version of Homemade Granola Bars


2½ cups rolled oats (old-fashioned or instant)
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup slivered almonds
4 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tbsp mini chocolate chips*


While your oven is preheating to 300°F, spread the oats, coconut, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, wheat germ and almonds evenly on a 9" x 12" baking sheet. Bake these dry ingredients for 15 minutes*, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, heat the butter, brown sugar, and honey in a small saucepan, allowing the brew to simmer until the oat mixture is ready to come out of the oven.

Remove the honey mixture from the heat and let cool for a few minutes* before stirring in the vanilla extract. Pour the hot liquid over the oat mixture and stir until all the dry ingredients are coated.

Next, spread the granola mixture into the bottom of a greased 9" x 12" pan*. Sprinkle 1-2 tablespoons of mini chocolate chips over top. Press the granola firmly into the bottom of the pan.

Tip: Place a piece of wax paper over the granola mixture and use another pan of the same size to press down and evenly flatten the granola mixture.

Bake at 300°F for 15 minutes* or until golden brown at the edges. 

When you remove the granola from the oven, allow it to cool only slightly before cutting it into bars, but wait until it's completely cool before removing the bars from the pan.

My tweaks to the recipe included:

*omitting the raisins and substituting 1-2 tablespoons of mini chocolate chips
* toasting the dry ingredients for 15 minutes instead of 20
* letting the honey mixture cool slightly before adding the vanilla to prevent burning
* baking in a 9" x 12" pan for thinner bars instead of an 8" x 8" pan


  1. mmm...these look so tasty! Another wintery, snowy day here in Alberta so maybe making some homemade granola will hit the spot!! I would go for atleast 2 pieces!! As always, enjoy your cozy little home ;)

  2. Perfect yummy treat! Love the kiwi's in the pic! Very yummy indeed!

  3. Looks good. Can you share the measurements in the recipe?

  4. Yummy! Where did you find the recipe? Thanks.

  5. Ohhh, these look tasty!!! I may try this recipe this week. Love that there is no fruit of raisins too.

  6. these would be fun to make with my kids since they like granola bars!

  7. Wow you're picutres are so gorgeous! You could create your own cook book! So fabulous! Thanks for sharing the recipie! Your pictures are inspiring by themselves!


  8. These look so yummy, will have to make some for lunch box treats. Thank you for leaving a sweet comment on my blog, I only recently discovered your lovely blog and gorgeous home and I am a new follower. Looking forwrad to your next post.
    Donna xx

  9. Those look delish and so much better than the boughten kind!

  10. Hey there, do you think I can use some of your recipes for my fundraiser cookbook? You have so many yummy ones I would love to share. If so, please email me at jmzfournier@yahoo.ca
    Thanks Nat

  11. Oh yum! You can add in so many different things to change them up too. I just need to get the wheat germ. Thanks!

  12. This is one I have saved great simple treat!

  13. looks professional and yummy!

  14. I might actually attempt this, and you are my kind of gal...chocolate and not raisins, woohoo!

  15. Thank you for the delicious recipe!

  16. I might actually attempt this, and you are my kind of gal...chocolate and not raisins, woohoo!

  17. This is one I have saved great simple treat!


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