Healthy homemade granola bars. This recipe is easily customizable. You can substitute the dried fruit, pecans, and chocolate morsels out for what you like.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
31 mins
additional:
5 mins
total:
46 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
16 servings
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line an 8-inch square baking dish with parchment paper or waxed paper.

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  • Mix oats, cranberries, pecans, ground flax seed, chocolate chips, and wheat germ together in a bowl.

  • Stir brown sugar, honey, vegetable oil, and salt together in a large microwave-safe bowl; heat in microwave for 30 seconds. Stir mixture and heat in microwave again until smooth, about 30 seconds more. Stir vanilla extract and cinnamon into brown sugar mixture.

  • Stir brown sugar mixture into oats mixture until evenly mixed and chocolate is melted; pour into the prepared baking dish.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until edges are golden brown, about 30 minutes. Lift bars out of pan by pulling by the parchment paper; cool for 5 minutes before cutting into bars.

Cook's Notes:

If the bars are too crumbly even though you mixed the dry and liquid ingredients well, add a little more honey to your liquid mixture.

If the bars turn out to be too hard, reduce the baking time.

Nutrition Facts

283 calories; protein 3.8g 8% DV; carbohydrates 43.4g 14% DV; fat 11.8g 18% DV; cholesterol 2.7mg 1% DV; sodium 84.6mg 3% DV. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (5)

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Rating: 4 stars
12/04/2015
12.4.15 I liked the taste of these bars but they are crumbly and falling apart. I read the Cook's Notes but I don't think you can tell what the consistency is going to be until you bake them. I packed them firmly into the dish and actually baked them an additional 5 minutes. Followed the recipe except for using white chocolate chips (what I had on hand) and roughly chopping the pecans. Good but the fact that I can't just pick one up and eat without crumbs all over the place is a disappointment. Read More
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7 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
12/04/2015
12.4.15 I liked the taste of these bars but they are crumbly and falling apart. I read the Cook's Notes but I don't think you can tell what the consistency is going to be until you bake them. I packed them firmly into the dish and actually baked them an additional 5 minutes. Followed the recipe except for using white chocolate chips (what I had on hand) and roughly chopping the pecans. Good but the fact that I can't just pick one up and eat without crumbs all over the place is a disappointment. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/07/2016
Very tasty! After reading previous comments on consistency I added 1/4c more honey. I also made it without chocolate chips. Read More
(1)
Rating: 4 stars
10/11/2020
I modified it a little bit. I used almonds and walnuts, a little extra oil and honey, a pinch of flour instead of flax seed, and made them in a greased mini muffin pan for only 20 min. Tasty and healthy. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/27/2016
I like the simplicity of this recipe. I added a lot more honey then the recipe calls for but overall it's fantastic! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/22/2017
A flawlessly perfect recipe!!! Huge hit at our house! Read More
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