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Granola-To-Go Bars Recipe

Granola-To-Go Bars Recipe

This grab & go goodie makes a hearty snack for a long day out. Chewy and sweet, these fruity bars that will have you craving more! —Sally Haen, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling YIELD:36 servings

Ingredients

  • 3-1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup chopped almonds
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sunflower kernels
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried apples
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Combine oats and almonds in a 15x10x1-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake 15 minutes or until lightly toasted, stirring occasionally.
  • 2. In a large bowl, combine egg, butter, honey and vanilla. Stir in sunflower kernels, coconut, apples, cranberries, brown sugar and cinnamon. Stir in oat mixture.
  • 3. Firmly press into a 15x10x1-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake 13-18 minutes or until set and edges are lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 3 dozen.

Recipe Note


Test Kitchen Tips

  • For an easy and healthy egg substitute, mix 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds with 2-1/2 tablespoons water. Let stand for 5 minutes before adding with butter, honey and vanilla.
  • Any dried fruit or nuts will work in this recipe. Customize to your heart's desire!
  • Nutritional Facts

    1 bar: 130 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 40mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein.

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    [email protected] User ID: 2253791 176328
    Reviewed Aug. 20, 2013

    "These totally fell apart. The only substitution I made was to use raisins instead of apples... And I let them cool completely before cutting. I got about 6 bars, a couple inch sized pieces, and lots of crumble... it does taste good and I'll use it on yogurt I guess, but not making it again!"

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    yellowbrickroad User ID: 3105964 176357
    Reviewed Aug. 20, 2013

    "I'm the one who wrote about stirring? I didn't read it right the first time! But, today I made a pan and they came out beautifully! Cut into sharp edged bars without crumbling and I waited (too long!) for them to cool before cutting. Very good! I had 3 bars before stopping! I will definitely make these again? soon! I will also be trying other additives, so many options out there. Thank you for all the great recipes!"

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    JLAsMama User ID: 5241011 193709
    Reviewed Aug. 18, 2013

    "Haven't tried the recipe yet, but wanted to clarify on the comments about "stirring and baking". ONLY the oats and almonds are to be baked at stirred, according to Step 1 in the recipe. Step 3 is to press all the mixed ingredients into the pan to bake the bars. Hope that helped!"

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    Carol Stivason User ID: 6407725 115167
    Reviewed Aug. 17, 2013

    "As a rule, I do not like any Granola or Health bars. But these are delicious. I sometimes substitute raisins for the dried apples. 130 calories per bar is great, now if I could only learn to stop eating at 1 bar. easy to make, fun to make and delicious to eat. Try them you'll like them!"

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    yellowbrickroad User ID: 3105964 113125
    Reviewed Aug. 12, 2013

    "I just copied this to print and I think I see why so many have had crumble problems. the first paragraph says "stirring occasionally" ? the last paragraph says "press firmly into pan." If they are stirred during baking they will not be bars. I can't wait to get the ingredients and taste these!"

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    Gmbrunett User ID: 7357768 176356
    Reviewed Aug. 2, 2013

    "So delicious!"

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    cherwitt User ID: 1832085 108766
    Reviewed Jun. 30, 2013

    "These were a quick and easy "good for you snack" that the whole family enjoyed. I did not have any dried apples so I added a bit more cranberries and some raisins."

    MY REVIEW
    widdgget User ID: 6453039 123712
    Reviewed May. 11, 2013

    "I thought this recipe was just great. I like granola bars, but I am not the greatest fan of the bought one. I am going to be sharing this recipe with my daughter, for my grandchildren, and with my soon to be daughter-in-law."

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    Jwright1350 User ID: 5805718 113124
    Reviewed Apr. 12, 2013

    "These bars are really good and filling. My sister tired one when she was at the house and asked for the recipe. They are a really good grab and go snack."

    MY REVIEW
    rollecat User ID: 7072385 212113
    Reviewed Mar. 11, 2013

    "My son love these. I could not find dried

    apples so I used raisins. I used chopped
    walnuts instead of almonds. I have made these twice and found if you do not let them cool completely they will crumble when cutting them. Also after I cut them
    I put them in the freezer. When I take a
    granola bar out of the frezer I warm it in the
    microwave for 15 seconds and it tastes so
    good."

    MY REVIEW
    Patsy138 User ID: 6634762 113108
    Reviewed Jan. 26, 2013

    "These granola bars are delicious! I added more fruit to make them even better."

    MY REVIEW
    iteach5 User ID: 6124838 115166
    Reviewed Dec. 31, 2012

    "These bars were quite crumbly, but I am eating them anyway because they are so healthy! Right now I am enjoying them crumbled over vanilla-flavored Greek yogurt. I made them sugar-free so that might be part of the reason for their crumbly consistency. Next time I will use the brown sugar and use less coconut. My coconut was extremely fine, and 1/2 cup was a bit much. Love the sunflower seeds!"

    MY REVIEW
    germanycook User ID: 6411056 192359
    Reviewed Sep. 25, 2012

    "Solution to crumbly bars - quick cooking oats, like the recipe says! And remember people, these are granola bars and are not going to stick together in a solid mass like a doughy cake bar, or a bought granola bar. These are fabulous, lots of flavour and you can omit or add just about any filling ingredient you want!"

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    crayolabob User ID: 5798282 193559
    Reviewed Sep. 24, 2012

    "I had the same problem as others. They tasted great but didn't stay together at all. I will try the quick oats next time. On the bright side - it tastes great over yogurt!"

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    Alice Bedney User ID: 5299433 123711
    Reviewed Sep. 15, 2012

    "What did I do wrong?? I couldn't get them to stay together! They taste great as granola but I couldn't take them along as a bar! Is an ingredient missing from the recipe as printed?? I firmly pressed them in the pan and baked them at 350 for 18 mins."

    MY REVIEW
    High Altitude Mom User ID: 5959300 192353
    Reviewed Sep. 3, 2012

    "So that makes them 17 cents each, around the cost of manufactured granola bars and much healthier and tastier! (sorry for the double posting and misspelling - I don't know how to edit comments...)"

    MY REVIEW
    High Altitude Mom User ID: 5959300 212112
    Reviewed Sep. 3, 2012

    "Very tasty. Because they're chewy, my kids with braces are able to have them, too.

    Regarding expense, by buying everything bulk (exceptin, I calculate a recipe of these is about 6 ddollars."

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    PTuttle User ID: 3628184 113107
    Reviewed Sep. 1, 2012

    "Another suggestion for the person who was concerned about the expense. Out on the West Coast we have a supermarket chain called Winco. They have great prices on just about any flour, cereal, or dehydrated fruit you could sell from a bin. If you live in CA, WA, NV, OR or ID you might have one nearby."

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    saltony User ID: 4640490 131162
    Reviewed Aug. 30, 2012

    "my bars didn't stick together when I bake them...it was all crumby"

    MY REVIEW
    saltony User ID: 4640490 181266
    Reviewed Aug. 30, 2012

    "my bars didn't stick together when I bake them...it was all crumblie."

    MY REVIEW
    406native User ID: 6310066 212111
    Reviewed Aug. 28, 2012

    "I made this recipe today for the first time. The bars are excellent. I followed the recipe exactly and had no problem at all with the bars crumbling when I sliced them. My husband sampled one and said they are as good as his favorite granola commercially available bar which is the "Seattle's Favorite Granola Nut Bar". I will definitely be making these again. We dry our own apples every fall and I had some left so I was able to use our own apples."

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    allie_c13 User ID: 6102886 176355
    Reviewed Aug. 28, 2012

    "looks delicious, can't wait to make. however, can I leave the coconut out? I'm allergic."

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    Grananni3 User ID: 5546362 191110
    Reviewed Aug. 27, 2012

    "Where is the sugar content noted?"

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    corpuscissy User ID: 5655143 113091
    Reviewed Aug. 27, 2012

    "Great recipe !! I might suggest if you feel the ingredients are pricey, that you find a Sprouts store or other health oriented store that sells these items in bulk. then you can buy only what you need and have a large selection of items to add ."

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    MEMOMCH User ID: 3403535 148888
    Reviewed Aug. 27, 2012

    "I keep these in my freezer all the time--great grab & go breakfast!! So good on a quiet Sat. morning "dunked" in my coffee!!!"

    MY REVIEW
    grandmaellie User ID: 2748853 193700
    Reviewed Aug. 27, 2012

    "Question--can I dry fresh cranberries easily?"

    MY REVIEW
    grandmaellie User ID: 2748853 176348
    Reviewed Aug. 27, 2012

    "Question--can I dry fresh cranberries easily?"

    MY REVIEW
    Ohio46 User ID: 6664480 113083
    Reviewed Aug. 27, 2012

    "I did not make these although thye look and sound delicious. The deterrent for me was the expense of the ingredients. Almonds, cranberries, sunflower seeds, and honey all contribute to making these budget prohibitive for me and I would guess many others."

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    jfurnas User ID: 6417766 122041
    Reviewed May. 28, 2012

    "Absolutely delicious! Will definitely make them again and try different fruits and nuts in them."

    MY REVIEW
    Lelaraine User ID: 5765154 193698
    Reviewed May. 23, 2012

    "Five stars for this granola bar recipe. I have made these multiple times. I have never had these granola bars crumble. If we are out of these granola bars, my family begs for more. I use slivered almonds, chop up the dried cranberries and dried apples. I mix up the coconut, almonds, sunflower seeds, and dried fruits. This makes sure the cranberries are not clumping together. I add the ingredients in this order:melted butter, honey, vanilla extract, brown sugar, cinnamon and then the egg. Next, I add all the dry ingredients except for the oat mixture. I mix this until well incorporated. Last, I add the oat mixture. I firmly press them in the pan with a metal spatula. The granola bars come out perfect every time. I cut the bars when cooled and place on waxed paper in a plastic container with a lid. I store the bars in the refrigerator."

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    cozykitchen User ID: 1615751 113078
    Reviewed Apr. 16, 2012

    "I'm sorry to hear some of you have had a problem with these bars being too crumbly. As a result, we retested the recipe in our test kitchen. We pressed the mixture firmly into the pan before baking, let them cool completely in the pan before cutting and did not have a problem with them being crumbly. We did try to cut them while they were still warm to see if they would cut better, and the bars were too soft/sticky to cut.

    There was some slight crumbling when cut near a larger piece of almond or dried fruit, but it was expected.
    If you are still having problems, make sure you are using quick-cooking oats (not old-fashioned), cut the mix-ins smaller and be sure to press the mixture firmly into the pan.
    Sincerely,
    Peggy Woodward, RD
    Food Editor
    healthy Cooking"

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    Pickeygirl User ID: 5543541 176347
    Reviewed Jan. 30, 2012

    "These were very flavorful, but like the other reviewers mentioned, very crumbly. easy recipe and makes a lot of granola. I would make it again and experiment with different ingredients next time."

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    jojoknuckles User ID: 6405364 108765
    Reviewed Dec. 16, 2011

    "I would make this recipe again in a heart beat"

    MY REVIEW
    jojoknuckles User ID: 6405364 123706
    Reviewed Dec. 16, 2011

    "I love granola bars"

    MY REVIEW
    cz1215a User ID: 6406049 212110
    Reviewed Dec. 15, 2011

    "These made a great snack!"

    MY REVIEW
    lovetobake0315 User ID: 1542802 113077
    Reviewed Sep. 11, 2011

    "These granola bars were fantastic! Yes, they did crumble (especially the middle ones) but the flavor is SO good that who cares? They were perfect after-school snacks and my whole family loved them! I used chopped dried cherries in mine b/c I didn't have apples and cranberries."

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    mellu77 User ID: 4056716 193556
    Reviewed Apr. 19, 2011

    "I made this and it didn't crumble at all. I used a pampered chef stoneware pan though, so don't know if that makes a difference. Next time I would add more dried apple and a bit less sunflower seeds as their flavor was a little strong."

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    veggiemama User ID: 4640590 191108
    Reviewed Mar. 21, 2011

    "I also had the crumbling problem, but they're so good that I can live with it! I'll try the tips suggested here (not baking as long & cutting while still warm) and see what happens!"

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    482g704 User ID: 5786629 176345
    Reviewed Jan. 26, 2011

    "I wanted to make these for my husband's lunch box. I made them twice, buying all the expensive ingredients. They crumbled each time. He eats it in handfuls over the sink. No more."

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    hippy_grl User ID: 3426514 181239
    Reviewed Jan. 13, 2011

    "Would I make this recipe again? I have, several times!! This ROCKED! I am going to make it again today using mixed dried fruit."

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    hollyshapiro User ID: 2597731 190049
    Reviewed Jan. 9, 2011

    "Made it twice now and I'm making it again today! First time I cooked it a little too long and the bars crumbled. Second time I pressed them in the pan a little better and didn't cook them quite as long and they stayed together perfectly! One thing though, make sure they're completely cooled before separating them with wax paper. The wax paper stuck to my bars!

    Overall: Delicious! Both thumbs up!!"

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    Generals User ID: 5713364 115165
    Reviewed Dec. 21, 2010

    "wonder if you could use this same recipe but instead of the fruits, coconut and kernals, add some chocolate chips and maybe even melt a lil peanut butter in the mixture or use peanut butter chips? it may even help them stick together a lil more. i might experiment!"

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    JennieLamb User ID: 1515276 191107
    Reviewed Nov. 9, 2010

    "Tasty, tasty, tasty, but I had the same problem--they wouldn't stick together. I will just use it as granola."

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    tablefor4 User ID: 5285576 131161
    Reviewed Nov. 7, 2010

    "These are a favorite of children and adults alike!"

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    beksand User ID: 2556544 193555
    Reviewed Nov. 2, 2010

    "my best friend made these for a group campout. they were a huge hit! the best granola i've ever had!! she doubled the recipe so they would be thicker. definately recommend them!"

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    Sanbegin User ID: 1567094 108764
    Reviewed Oct. 18, 2010

    "I love this recipe. I cut them while they were warm ,so they didn't crumble once they cooled. I also double the cranberries and eliminated the dried apples. They were sooooo good."

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    preacher wife User ID: 962043 181238
    Reviewed Sep. 27, 2010

    "Have you ever tried this with old fashioned oats, just wondering if it would work."

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    sherirussell User ID: 1783495 123698
    Reviewed Sep. 27, 2010

    "Love, Love, love the taste of these granola bars. For some reason the ones I made did not "stick" together. I baked them the full amount of time. I will try them again and maybe press them into the pan a little more vigorously. The neighborhood kids loved the granola pieces though!"

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