Honey-Oat Granola Bars Recipe
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Honey-Oat Granola Bars Recipe

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I found this recipe on one of our monthly Brown County REA newsletters. My husband and I eat a few of these bars each day. It’s a basic recipe to which you can add any of your favorite flavors…coconut, chocolate or different flavored chips, nuts or dried fruits.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 4 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped salted peanuts
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup sunflower kernels
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

167 calories: 1 each, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 54mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, peanuts, chocolate chips and sunflower kernels. Stir in butter, honey and vanilla until combined (mixture will be crumbly). Press into a greased parchment paper-lined 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan.
  2. Bake 15-20 minutes or until browned and bubbly. Cool 15 minutes on a wire rack; cut into squares. Cool completely before removing from pan.
    Freeze option: Wrap each cooled bar in plastic; freeze until firm. To use, thaw bar at room temperature or, if desired, unwrap and place on a microwave-safe plate and microwave on high for 15-20 seconds or until heated through.
    Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Honey-Oat Granola Bars in Reminisce August/September 2008, p49

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Reviewed Mar. 5, 2015

"Anything with oats and honey in the recipe gets my attention, so I had to try these. Good job. Please fix the recipe, though. These two sentences don't make sense together: "Cool 15 minutes on a wire rack; cut into squares. Cool completely before removing from pan.""

Reviewed Apr. 11, 2012

"I made this with my daughter and am very happy with the finished product. She enjoyed helping me in the kitchen. I omitted the nuts and the sunflower kernels because I didn't have any on hand. It is a bit sweet for my taste, but my kids approve. I baked for 20 minutes and cooled in the freezer. I think next time I will experiment with less brown sugar and other ingredients, such as dried fruit. Overall, great recipe and I will be making it again."

Reviewed Sep. 1, 2011

"Absolutely delicious. They came out perfectly!"

Reviewed Sep. 23, 2009

"When I tried these, they did not hold together. Maybe they did not cook long enough? It tasted good and made a good ice cream topping but I won't try them again."

Reviewed Sep. 10, 2009

"I tried this, and thought it needed more cooking time, but I was wrong. Mine were dry and had nothing to do with the recipe. I will try it again and this time follow the directions to a tee."

Reviewed Apr. 17, 2009

"These are another winner for my family - we love these granola bars!"

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