Granola Bars recipe that is homemade and turns out perfectly soft and chewy every time. Whole oats, nuts, apricots and cranberries come together for a healthy, whole grain treat that both adult love and is kid friendly. Makes a great lunch box treat idea!
You would think my kids would care less about this little blog I’ve got going here. However, debates often ensue about how much more the little kids get their pictures posted compared to the older ones. Oh please…..
Be sure you press these into the pan very firmly and let them cool for the suggested 3 hours or they will fall apart. I like using slivered almonds in this granola bars recipe because it gives the bars more texture than sliced, but really, pick your favorite nut and dried fruits to use when you make them. I love the flavor of the apricots, dates and cranberries mixed together, even though I am not generally a fan of dates 🙂
Ina Garten’s Granola Bars Recipe
This recipe for homemade granola bars comes from Ina Garten and loaded with healthy oats, fruits and nuts. My kids love these in their school lunches!
- Total Time: 45 minutes
- Yield: 18 bars
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a large sheet pan, mix together the oats, almonds and coconut. Toast in the oven for 10 minutes then dump into a large mixing bowl. Add the wheat germ. Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees.
While oats are toasting, combine the butter, honey, brown sugar, vanilla and salt in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat and cook for 1 minutes once it reaches a boil. Pour over the ingredients in the bowl. Add the dried fruit and mix well. Dump into a greased 8 x 13 pan and press firmly with wet hands.
Bake for 25-30 minutes. Allow to cool completely (about 3 hours) before slicing and serving.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 25 minutes
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Baked
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1 bar
- Calories: 238
- Sugar: 22 g
- Sodium: 48 mg
- Fat: 8 g
- Saturated Fat: 2 g
- Unsaturated Fat: 4 g
- Trans Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 38 g
- Fiber: 4 g
- Protein: 5 g
- Cholesterol: 5 mg
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Can I use something to substitute the coconut? I am not a fan of coconut.
You can just leave it out Amanda but I suggest trying it first with it. It is a small amount but adds a great texture and chew without tasting like coconut
Hi, I’ve made these before. I had a problem with overbaking them. Do you have any suggestions for how to know when they’re “done”? Thanks.
Hey Stephanie! My first suggestion is to take 25 degrees off the normal temperature. Your oven might be running hotter than normal. It might be worth it to buy an oven thermometer for a couple bucks and see for sure how hot it is compared to what you set it at. Also, keep the bake time to the lower end, at 25 minutes. Good luck!
Doty Sever says
I love soft granola bars! I did change it a bit. Omitted the dates, used splenda brown sugar, and used 3 teaspoons vanilla. I sprayed both the mixing bowl and toasting pans with cooking spray, which made it easier to save every morsel! This recipe can be changed in many ways and still keep the end results soft and chewy!
I’m so glad you loved it Doty and made changes that worked for you!
Can i leave the sugar out?
Unfortunately, no. The sugar is what creates the glue that holds it all together.
Belinda, you could soak Medjool dates in boiling water for 2-5 minutes (until soft and sticky), drain, then pulse in a food processor or blender until it becomes a paste. I have used this as a natural sugar substitute/binder and it works great!
Do you think I could leave the dates out and sub with other dried fruit? I don’t have any on hand.
Absolutely Lindsay! Good luck
How do you store these?
My son is allergic to wheat. Can the wheat germ be eliminated or substituted?
hi Jeanne! Feel free to leave it out!
Hi! I am gluten free so I tried it with flaxseed meal as sub for the wheat germ. In the oven baking now but so far it seems delicious! I was also out of coconut so I tried it with 1/2 cup of hemp seeds instead… I think it worked!
Awesome Amanda! I have found this recipe to be extremely flexible so I’m so glad you were able to make it work for you.