Grab n’ Go Granola Bars

Contributor: Anna Letvin; Grand Forks, North Dakota

I adapted this recipe from one I found on Tropicaltraditions.com. I have tried 3 or 4 other homemade granola bar recipes, but this is by far my favorite.  It is easy, quick to make, makes a large amount and has a slightly crunchy and chewy texture.  After baking, cooling, and cutting, I store mine in the freezer to keep them fresh and make them easy to grab for an out-of-the-house snack!  The best thing about granola bars is that you can toss in whatever you like (i.e. nuts, seeds, dried fruit), or opt. out of other ingredients you may not care for (i.e. coconut).  For the record, even with coconut in these, they don’t really have a coconut flavor, just an extra crunch!  Here is my version, but play with it how you like:)  Have fun!

Homemade Granola Bars
  • 1/2 cup sugar, less to taste
  • 2/3 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, OR melted butter
  • 2 tsp. natural real vanilla
  • 3 cups whole rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup soft white wheat flour (aka whole wheat pastry flour), OR wheat germ OR flour of choice
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, chips, or shavings
  • 1 cup chocolate chips, optional
Combine wet ingredients in large bowl until well mixed. Stir in remaining ingredients.  Mixture will be like very wet granola. Pat mixture into greased jelly roll pan (15×10). (Or you can use one 9×13, and one 8×8 pan). Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until edges are slightly browned. While still warm, run knife around edges and cut bars into desired sizes. Bars will be fragile while warm but will firm up as they cool.  Enjoy!

7 comments on “Grab n’ Go Granola Bars
    • Thanks for this rpicee! I substituted chopped Craisins for the chocolate chips (and decreased the brown sugar) and baked them in a mini muffin tin. They were a hit at preschool snack time!

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