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Homemade Granola bars

February 15, 2010

I discovered this recipe created by Ina Garten when I was looking for some healthy recipes for granola bars. The last granola bars I made had condensed milk in them, and I was looking something that was still tasty but had some other method of holding the dry ingredients together other than condensed milk. Theses were certainly a winner! Everyone loved them. The boys called them “cake” and even Josh liked them. I’ll definitely be making them again.


  • 2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup shredded coconut, loosely packed
  • 1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots (omitted these)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter an 8 by 12-inch baking dish and line it with parchment paper.

Toss the oatmeal, almonds, and coconut together on a sheet pan and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned. Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl and stir in the wheat germ.

Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees F.

Place the butter, honey, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook and stir for a minute, then pour over the toasted oatmeal mixture. Add the dates, apricots, and cranberries and stir well.

Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Wet your fingers and lightly press the mixture evenly into the pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until light golden brown. Cool for at least 2 to 3 hours before cutting into squares. Serve at room temperature.

Yields: 12-16 bars

7 Comments leave one →
  1. February 15, 2010 8:53 am

    These look amazing. I’ll have to get you the one my sister uses too. It has dried blueberries, and they come out a bit chewy. Really, really good.

  2. February 15, 2010 9:14 am

    Anything with blueberries makes me smile, so pass it on! These are pretty chewy too.

  3. February 15, 2010 10:26 pm

    My stomach is growling right now. Seriously!

    I enjoyed your love series below, too — you DO love valentine’s day! : )

  4. February 16, 2010 3:23 pm

    These look really good. Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you enjoy the movie as much as I did.

  5. February 16, 2010 3:24 pm

    Hi Danielle!!

    Thanks for coming to visit me. These look *delicious* … gonna have to try those (seeing as few things taste good to me right now). :o)

  6. February 17, 2010 5:35 am

    I can’t believe I’ve never tried making these before. I may have to now!


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