I’ve been wanting to make granola or granola bars for a long time. For some reason I never got around to it. (I hate around to it’s) Does that ever happen to you? You Pin, look and check out recipes. You think to yourself this doesn’t seem to hard. I should try making a granola bar recipe sometime.
My family goes through them like crazy. It’s one of their go to morning and snack choices. I finally had the chance to check off that around to it from my list. I have to admit it was my first try with making granola bars. What took me so long? This is so easy to do and will be even faster when I’m not the one taking the photos! lol
This is going on my easy recipes list and perfect for gifting too! I think you’d be able to create this in no time flat. Baking time was only 20-23 min. The hardest part will be waiting for these yummy granola bars to cool off so you can cut them to eat.
Homemade Granola Bars Recipe
Here’s how to make this easy recipe for delicious granola bars. Warning they may not last long!
Steps for making granola bars
For this granola recipe I made it with freeze dried fruits. (full recipe and ingredient list at end of post) Freeze dried fruits retain all the nutrients of seasonal fruits. They have all the taste of fresh fruits but, are so light, airy with a bit of crunch. Perfect for granola bars. I used blueberries, strawberries and pineapple. I chopped up the strawberries and pineapple into smaller pieces.
Next I chopped up my almonds but, you can purchase them pre-chopped. My pecans were already chopped.
As each item was ready you just toss it into a large bowl.
And keep on adding! Blueberries, pineapple, raspberries, strawberries, almonds, pecans, oats and sunflower seeds. Oh, my!
Next your going to pour honey and corn syrup onto the mixture. Then stir with a spatula until fully mixed. (that’s paint on my nails I couldn’t remove with out remover-a sign of more good things coming!)
Grab a 9 x 13 baking dish. Cut parchment paper to a larger than pan size. This will help for pulling out later. Pre-spray parchment! Begin to press down granola mixture into dish.
When to cut your homemade granola bars?
After you pull them out of the oven make sure to completely cool them! I know waiting isn’t easy!
I heard you can let them cool then partially freeze them to make them easier to cut. I didn’t try the freeze idea. But, if your having trouble that is an option.
After you cut them, enjoy the fruits of your labor! Or wrap them up for gifts to give. Best used within 3 days, store in fridge up to a week or freeze wrapped with wax paper and put into freezer bags.
Ingredients and directions
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 1/4 cup chopped almonds
- 1/2 cup freeze dried blueberries
- 1/2 cup freeze dried raspberries
- 1/2 cup freeze dried strawberries
- 1/2 cup freeze dried pineapple
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds
- 1 cup rice cereal
- 1/8 tsp salt
- Ground cinnamon (sprinkle on top)
- 3/4-1 cup oats (you want your mixture wet but not soggy)
- 1/3 cup corn syrup
- 2/3 cup light colored honey
- Non stick spray such as Pam
- Parchment Paper
- Baking Pan 9 x13
- Mixing Bowl and Spatula
- Chop any of your dried fruits and nuts into smaller bite size pieces.
- Add all your dry ingredients to a large bowl
- Add in your salt
- Add in your honey and corn syrup
- Mix together
- Next lay down your parchment paper in baking dish, and spray with non stick spray. Then add your mixture to the top of sprayed parchment and press down evenly in pan.
- Sprinkle with cinnamon
- Take a bit more corn syrup and go back and forth cross hatching over top. Smooth with spatula and bake.
- Bake at 325* for 20-25 min. Cool completely before cutting.
- The corn syrup will help form the bars together. Do not skip this ingredient or the steps on top for it.
- Keeps 3 days, in fridge up to 1 week, or freeze for longer if needed for gifting. I haven't froze but, you will need to wrap each one and then put into a freezer bag. Yield might vary due to cutting sizes. We got 12 full size bars from the recipe.
- Freeze dried fruits from Crunchies
This is what the freeze dried pineapple looks like close up and cuts up well, if needed. Oh, so yummy. One of my favorites. Sammie likes them just for snacking her favorites are the raspberries and strawberries. They’d make a great gift for hikers, campers and backpackers! Light weight & easy to carry around.
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Have you made homemade granola before?