This is one fast and totally addicting recipe. It's easy to adjust to your tastes or what's in your cupboard - try adding chocolate chips, coconut, raisins, cherries or a spoonful of peanut butter. You'll be making this every week.

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a 13x9-inch pan with lightly-greased parchment paper; an inch or so of parchment paper should stick up on 2 sides to form lifting handles.

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  • Mix the quick-cooking oats, old-fashioned oats, pumpkin seeds, almonds, mixed nuts, cranberries, and sweetened condensed milk together in a bowl; spread into the prepared pan, evenly pressing into the corners and out to the sides.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until the edges are golden brown, 20-25 minutes, using slightly less time for chewier bars and slightly more time for crunchier bars.

  • Allow the the bars cool for 5 minutes in the pan before using the parchment paper to lift them from the pan. Use a sharp knife to cut into bars. Let the bars cool completely and store in an airtight container.

Cook's Note

It's easy to press the oat mixture into the pan using wet hands or a wet spatula. The water keeps the oat mixture from sticking to you or your utensil.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

Nutrition Facts

169 calories; 7.5 g total fat; 6 mg cholesterol; 60 mg sodium. 22.3 g carbohydrates; 4.8 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
06/03/2011
I am never buying granola bars from the store again. I used only the quick cooking oats added sunflower seeds and omitted the mixed nuts. I also added a pinch of cinnamon allspice and nutmeg. Baked these suckers for 10 minutes. And now I'm stuffing my face with one. Delicious. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/05/2012
These are easy to make but not the greatest thing in the whole wide world like others made them sound. Read More
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159 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 18
  • 3 star values: 9
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
06/03/2011
I am never buying granola bars from the store again. I used only the quick cooking oats added sunflower seeds and omitted the mixed nuts. I also added a pinch of cinnamon allspice and nutmeg. Baked these suckers for 10 minutes. And now I'm stuffing my face with one. Delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/03/2011
I am never buying granola bars from the store again. I used only the quick cooking oats added sunflower seeds and omitted the mixed nuts. I also added a pinch of cinnamon allspice and nutmeg. Baked these suckers for 10 minutes. And now I'm stuffing my face with one. Delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/26/2011
my husband does not like nuts so i just omitted them altogether. substituted 1 cup raisins and 1/2 cup craisins (dried cranberries) and used 3 cups old-fashioned oats. i added about 1/2 brown sugar 1/2 tsp cinnamon mixed it up really good before adding the sweetened condensed milk. after pressing into the pan i drizzled some honey on the top along with a cinnamon sugar blend. ooohhhhhh it was so good. my husband and my 5 year old beg me to make this. making it at least twice a week. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/11/2011
AWESOME recipe! I make these for snacks for my kids (and hubby) to take to school. My daughter has a peanut allergy and many store bought granola bars have peanut flour. So I tried these and we fell in love with the taste and simplicity! I make a double batch individually cut and bag them and stick them in the freezer. I do not use the parchment paper as a liner but do use it to push them down firmly into the pan. I also have used a super-easy no cook recipe on here for Sweetened Condensed milk which works fabulously if you don't have it on hand. I only had old-fashioned oats and did not miss the quick-cooking oats. I have tried all sorts of variations such as chocolate chip and cinnamon raisin. Thanks for a fabulous recipe that has become a staple in our house! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2011
Terrific granola bar! To make it non-dairy, I used one can of coconut milk and 3 tbsp honey. I also used flax seed, millet and sunflower seeds in place of the mixed nuts. Good for the whole family! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/06/2011
The condensed milk is a great way to keep the granola together. They turned out perfectly the first time. These are so easy to make and fun to create bars to our own personal taste. I use dried apricots and sliced almonds for one batch and peanut butter chips for another. I took these to a group function and was given many compliments. My husband has requested we have them with breakfast every day. I omitted the condensed milk for one batch and tried using peanut butter and honey. I think it cooked too long because they were really crunchy. I wound up making granola with that batch...which is perfect in the yogurt I'm eating now! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/30/2011
Very easy - I used dried cherries (should have cut them up but didn't) and turned out great. I also used pecans in place of almonds. I'll be making this one again and again and again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/24/2011
Love this recipe! It is so flexible. I have been making every week and change up the nuts and dried fruit. One week I added coconut and macadamia nuts another some cashews. It's a perfect healthy snack! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/06/2011
This is one of the best granola bar recipes I have tried and I have tried a lot. It doesn't fall apart when you cut it like so many do. Our school division is nut-free so I subbed out all the nuts and seeds for a combination of coconut Rice Krispies chocolate chips and ground flax seed. I look forward to trying new combinations and adding nuts in over the summer holidays. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/16/2011
This recipe is exactly what I was looking for - a simple way to cook ahead of time my usual morning oatmeal dried fruit nuts without having to add a bunch of other ingredients. For me the parchment made a huge difference without that the bars fell apart when I removed them from the pan. Also I like to mix up the dry ingredients before putting in the condensed milk I find it easier to get an even distribution that way. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/05/2012
These are easy to make but not the greatest thing in the whole wide world like others made them sound. Read More
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