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Homemade Granola Bars

Homemade Granola Bars

If you haven't experienced the wonder of homemade granola bars, now's the time! Bake these with your kids for a lunchbox treat, or serve as a gluten-free snack for anyone, anytime. Toast rolled oats to bring out their nutty flavor before mixing in dried cranberries, pepitas & puffed rice. Lightly sweeten with a mix of honey, brown sugar & molasses. A sprinkle of mini chocolate chips on top are sure to make these an instant hit! 

20 min active; 35 min total plus cooling; makes 8—12 bars

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 oz butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp molasses
  • 1 cup puffed rice
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup pepitas
  • 2 Tbsp flax seeds
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • Foil or parchment paper

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS

1. PREHEAT OVEN & TOAST OATS

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF
  • In a med bowl, toss oats with vegetable or canola oil & kosher salt
  • Spread oats evenly on a baking sheet and bake for 10—12 min, until toasted (careful not to burn them!)
  • Reduce oven temp to 325ºF

2. MAKE GRANOLA BLEND

  • In a small pot, heat butter over med until melted
  • Stir in honey, brown sugar & molasses, then heat until just bubbling
  • In a large bowl, combine toasted oats, puffed rice, dried cranberries, pepitas & flax seeds
  • Pour hot syrup over oat mixture and toss well until thoroughly coated

3. BAKE GRANOLA INTO BARS

  • Line baking sheet with foil or parchment
  • Pour mixture on baking sheet, spread out evenly, and press down all over using a spatula
  • Bake granola 15—20 min, until golden; while still hot sprinkle with chocolate chips, then let cool completely in pan

4. GARNISH & GATHER

  • Once cooled, cut into squares—now you’ve got granola bars that are perfect for breakfast or on-the-go snacks!