Mushy and Chewy Granola Bars

Learn how to make do-it-yourself granola bars! These granola bars are easy, mushy and chewy. They’re scrumptious as-is or may be tailored based mostly in your favourite dried fruits, nuts or chocolate. Jump to the Easy Homemade Granola Bars Recipe

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This Granola Bars Recipe is Versatile

We’ve a historical past with granola bars. Some time again, we shared a cooking failure. The topic was granola bars. They tasted nice, however fell aside. So, we type of gave up and moved on with the thought that sooner or later, we’d be prepared to present them one other shot. After two years, we’ve picked up the place we left off and have now found out how one can make these easy, mushy and chewy granola bars. We’re in love. They style nice, are extremely simple to make and so they completely don’t collapse (see our suggestions under).

Soft and chewy granola bars

We’ve made these many occasions now and each time, they’ve been just a bit bit totally different.

Right here, you see entire almonds, dried cranberries and mini chocolate chips. We’ve additionally used dried cherries, apricots and unsweetened coconut. We’re even enthusiastic about including pistachios subsequent time.

The chances are limitless — all you could know is the bottom. Oats, butter, honey and brown sugar. After that, add what you want. If you happen to love nut butter, give these Peanut Butter Granola Bars a strive!

Cutting homemade granola bars.

Extra recipes with oats: Strive our On a regular basis Oatmeal Recipe, Simple Power Balls, our favourite In a single day Oats or this Strawberry Banana Baked Oatmeal.

Ideas for making the bars

Take care to press the combination into the pan. After a couple of tries, we’ve discovered that it’s actually vital to press the granola combination into the pan. We’ve truly spent a few minute urgent earlier than — the more durable and longer you press, the much less probability you’ll find yourself with granola as a substitute of granola bars.

Honey and brown sugar assist make a glue for the bars. The honey and brown sugar actually helps with protecting the bars collectively. Chocolate chips added to the combination assist, too. We add some to the granola combination whereas it’s nonetheless heat. You would possibly discover a number of the chocolate melts — that is completely okay, it acts as additional glue, holding the bars collectively. After that, we add extra chocolate chips to the highest — these don’t soften.

Chill for 2 hours. Lastly, we wish to refrigerate the granola combination for about 2 hours. This hardens every thing and makes it simple to chop the granola combination into bars. Proper out of the fridge the bars will probably be exhausting since they’re chilly. Depart them out for an hour and they’re going to heat to room temperature and grow to be somewhat softer and chewy.

The bars hold at room temperature for about 1 week. Simply make certain they’re tightly coated or sealed in a container.

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Recipe up to date, initially posted March 2013. Since posting this in 2013, we’ve tweaked the recipe to be extra clear and added a fast recipe video. – Adam and Joanne

Homemade Granola Bars

Mushy and Chewy Granola Bars

  • PREP
  • COOK

These do-it-yourself granola bars are so significantly better than what you should purchase on the retailer, particularly since you possibly can substitute to your favourite dried fruit or nuts. Whereas these are quite simple to make, there’s a 2-hour anticipate the bars to agency up sufficient to chop. Be at liberty so as to add your favourite dried fruit, nuts or chocolate to those – it’s fully as much as you. Since we use a 1/3 cup of honey, we wish to splurge on larger high quality honey.

Makes 12 bars

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You Will Want

2 ½ cups (230 grams) quaint rolled oats

1/2 cup (80 grams) entire almonds, coarsely chopped

1/3 cup (113 grams) pure honey

1/4 cup (56 grams) unsalted butter, reduce into items

1/4 cup (50 grams) packed mild brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon positive sea salt

1/2 cup (60 grams) dried cranberries, coarsely chopped

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons (65 grams) mini chocolate chips


  • Toast Oats and Nuts
  • Warmth oven to 350 levels Fahrenheit. Line the underside and sides of a 8-inch or 9-inch sq. pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper.

    Add the oats and chopped almonds to a small baking sheet, after which bake for five minutes, stir after which bake one other 3 to five minutes or till frivolously toasted. Switch to a big bowl.

    • Make Bars
    • Mix the butter, honey, brown sugar, vanilla extract and the salt in a small saucepan over medium warmth. Cook dinner, stirring sometimes till butter melts, the combination is effervescent and the sugar fully dissolves.

      Pour the butter combination into the bowl with toasted oats and almonds. Combine nicely. Let cool about 5 minutes, after which add the cranberries and a 1/4 cup of the mini chocolate chips. Stir to mix. A number of the chocolate chips will  soften somewhat. That is positive, they flip into glue and assist to carry the bars collectively.

      Switch the oat combination to the ready pan, after which use a rubber spatula or damp finger tricks to firmly press the combination into the pan. Press exhausting right here, this fashion the bars will keep collectively as soon as cooled and reduce — We press for about one minute to be additional secure.

      Scatter the remaining 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips over the pressed granola combination, after which use a rubber spatula to softly press them into the highest. Cowl then refrigerate for no less than 2 hours or freeze for about half-hour. Take away the block of granola combination from pan then peel away the foil or parchment. Lower into 12 bars.

      • Storing
      • Retailer granola bars in an hermetic container for as much as one week. For the softest bars, hold at room temperature. For barely more durable bars, retailer within the fridge. Bars will hold within the freezer for as much as three months when wrapped nicely.

Adam and Joanne’s Ideas

  • Decreasing the sugar: We’ve skilled the very best outcomes when making these bars with the sugar and honey quantity listed within the recipe. You possibly can attempt to cut back the sugar somewhat, however they may be somewhat extra crumbly. It’s the honey and sugar combination that retains these chewy.
  • Vitamin details: The diet details offered under are estimates. We’ve used the USDA database to calculate approximate values.

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Vitamin Per Serving: Energy 220 / Protein 3.8g / Carbohydrate 32.9g / Dietary Fiber 3.1g / Complete Sugars 19.6g / Complete Fats 8.2g / Saturated Fats 3.7g / Ldl cholesterol 10.2mg

Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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