Chewy Fruit Granola Bars Recipe

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These homemade chewy granola bars are easily customized to taste with your own favorite fruits and nuts.—Taste of Home Cooking School
TOTAL TIME: Pre: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Pre: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1-2/3 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 3/4 cup sugar plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/3 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup each dried cherries and cranberries
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1/2 cup unsalted sunflower kernels
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon water


  1. In a large bowl, combine oats, sugar, oat flour, salt and cinnamon; mix well. Stir in apricots, cherries, coconut, pecans and sunflower kernels; set aside.
  2. In another bowl, whisk together honey, butter, corn syrup, vanilla and water. Add the honey mixture to the fruit mixture; mix until crumbly. Pat into a lightly greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown on the edges. Cool in pan for 5 minutes.
  3. While still warm, cut into bars. Remove bars to a wire rack to cook completely. Wrap bars individually in plastic wrap or store in an airtight container with parchment paper separating layers. Yield: 12 servings.
Editor's Note: As a substitute for 1 cup oat flour, process 1-1/4 cups quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats until finely ground.
Originally published as Chewy Granola Bars in Taste of Home Cooking School Collection Winter 2009, p22

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jnestler User ID: 1140894 241445
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2016

"Delicious and easy to make! These are SUPERIOR to any store bought bar. My family really enjoys them."

[email protected] User ID: 2733873 103121
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2010

"Were very good - got a bit crunchy but I had the heat turned up too high!! But were good - would make them again. The only problem is I would like to know the calories and other nutrition (# fat grams, etc.) Please post - thanks!"

Ginny LeJeune User ID: 3645324 105361
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2010

"I have not made this recipe but it sounds very good. Can the nutrition facts be added? Thanks!"

brandi82IUP User ID: 2915763 174596
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2009

"My husband and I love this recipe! I don't like pecans or walnuts so I substituted unsalted dry-roasted peanuts and it is perfect! Also, in place of the dried cherries & cranberries I just use a bag of mixed dried berries, which also contains blueberries."

mzivich User ID: 2518087 105360
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2009

"I made this with regular flour, and didn't use sunflower kernels or apricots. I also chose the pecan option, and used a mixture of honey and maple. The bars turned out great - very chewy and flavorful. Thanks, TOH!"

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