How To Make Homemade Chewy Granola Bars
History: Granola bars were invented by a man named Stanley Masonand have become popular as a snack. Problem is, we don’t know what goes into these things! This is why I set out to find a good granola bar recipe and make them at home.
Why it’s awesome: So many reasons, let me count the ways:
- Making granola bars at home means knowing what goes into the recipe, a few simple raw ingredients combined to make a delicious, healthy & wholesome snack.
- They’re tasty and you can add whatever ingredients you like to the mix. Dried fruits, nuts, whole grains, chocolate chip, marshmallows, caramel, whatever you want!
- It’s a very good way to save money, most times when you buy granola bars in a box, individually wrapped, you’re paying for the processing of the box, the printing, the manufacturing process, the packaging process, the marketing…in this case you buy the raw ingredients your 1.25kg (or 2.75 lb) bag of rolled oats goes a loooong way.
Ingredients & Portions:
- 4 1/2 cups Rolled Oats
- 1 cup All-Purpose Flour
- 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 2/3 cup Softened butter
- 1/2 cup Honey
- 1/3 cup Packed Brown Sugar
- 2 cups Chocolate Chips
I also went ahead and added the following ingredients:
- 1/4 cup Whole Flax Seed
- 1/4 cup Corn Flakes
- 1/4 cup Whole Walnuts
Servings: This all depends on the size of your pan, how thick you make your bars and how you divide them. I yield about 18 to 22 bars. Which is good for 2 people for 2 weeks or more. Also I noticed that they keep very well. I still have 1 bar leftover from the first batch I made and it’s still good. Although a little less chewy.
Granola Bar Recipe Cook time & Directions:
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Butter your pan to prevent sticking.
- Mix in all your dry ingredients, so your oats, flour, baking soda, vanilla extract, honey and brown sugar, chocolate chips, flax seeds, raisins, nuts etc.
- Next add in your softened butter or margarine and honey. Mix it all in with your hands, I found that using spoons and forks was just a pain and it didn’t get me anywhere.
- Now place the mix into the buttered pan, press it down and compact it lightly and bake at 20 minutes or until golden brown.
- It’s best to let it cool down for 5 to 10 minutes before you cut them into bars or squares. Let bars cool completely in pan before removing or serving. They’re also ready to eat instantly but be careful, they’re hot!
Nutritional Benefits: These bars are high in fibre and the fact that you can count and recognize the ingredients listed makes this dish that much more healthy for you. I heard somewhere that you should never eat anything packaged with more than 4 ingredients. Well another measure for me is ingredients that I recognize. Riboflavin…yeah…(what the hell is that?)Oats, nuts, chocolate, seeds…that I have no problem with.
This is one of my personal new healthy favorites!