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Friday, October 5, 2012

Foody Friday: Basic granola bars

I like to make these granola bars to bring as snacks to work. I wait for dried fruit to go on sale, then I buy a ton. I really scored last week: bags of dried cranberries were on clearance for $1.14 instead of $5.99!
These are the easiest bars to make...but also to eat. This is the last bar, so all you get is this crappy picture before I eat it up:
About to be history

You need:
1 1/3 C old fashioned oats
1 C quick oats - or whatever combination you have. I mix in some quick oats to make the bars less crumbly.
2/3 C whole wheat flour
1/2 C sugar (I usually use less depending on how sweet the fruit is)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
dash of cinnamon if you want - I add about 1 teaspoon if I'm using apples and walnuts, otherwise I tend to omit it
1 C nuts of choice
2 C dried fruit, mixed - raisins, chopped apricots, etc. If you use a sweetened fruit like dates or Craisins you'll want to adjust the sugar or leave it out entirely
1/2 C honey
1/2 C oil
1 - 2 Tbs water as needed.

Preheat the oven to 350. Mix the dry ingredients. Stir in the fruit and nuts. Add liquids and stir to combine. Should be pretty crumbly.

Grease a 13x9" pan and press the mixture into it. Rinse your hands in hot water and press down to pack the dough in.

Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool almost completely before cutting into bars; wrap individually in plastic wrap.


  1. wow, impressive that you make your own granola bars!

    And what is the difference between quick oats and old fashioned oats? I buy oatmeal sometimes and don't know the difference lol

  2. I am going to try this! Sounds great!