Life is busy, and sometimes, especially at work, we just need a snack to keep us going through the day. For a snack that doesn’t require refrigeration, and isn’t a candy bar, why not turn to a great, homemade granola bar?
They’re filling and absolutely delicious! Plus you can customize your own with raisins, nuts, chocolate chips…you name it! We wanted to share a basic recipe full of whole oats, nuts, and raisins that is perfect in bar form. Keep reading below for this fantastic recipe!
Granola Bars Recipe
(makes 12 servings)
- 2 1/2 cups rolled oats (not the Quaker Quick Oats, but genuine rolled oats)
- 1/2 cup while almonds, coarsely chopped
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces
- 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup Rice Krispies
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Line the bottom and sides of an 8 or 9″ square baking pan with aluminum foil, then grease lightly with oil or cooking spray.
- Add oats and almonds to a small baking sheet and bake 5 minutes. Stir, then bake another 3 to 5 minutes until lightly toasted. Transfer to a large bowl. Add Rice Krispies.
- Combine butter, honey, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla extract and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat. coo, stirring occasionally until the butter melts and the sugar completely dissolves.
- Pour the butter mixture into the bowl with the toasted nuts and almonds. Mix with a silicone spatula, then let cool about 5 minutes. Add raisins and cranberries. Stir to combine.
- Transfer the oat mixture to the lined pan and use the silicone spatula to firmly press the mixture into the pan, making sure to press down hard.
- Cover the pan and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Remove the block of granola from the pan and peel away the aluminum foil. Cut into bars.
- Store the bars in an airtight container for up to one week.
Recipe adapted from Inspired Taste