Sunflower-Cherry Granola Bars Recipe
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Sunflower-Cherry Granola Bars Recipe

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Try these terrific granola bars from Laura McDowell, Lake Villa, Illinois. The chewy bars have plenty of oats and nuts, and the dried cherries add just the right amount of tang. —Laura McDowell, Lake Villa, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:30 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 30 servings


  • 4 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup sunflower kernels

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 208 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 76mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein


  1. Spread oats into an ungreased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 400° for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Meanwhile, spread almonds and coconut into another ungreased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly toasted.
  2. In a Dutch oven over medium heat, bring sugar and corn syrup to a boil. Cook and stir for 2-3 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat; stir in peanut butter until combined. Add the raisins, cherries, sunflower kernels, and toasted oats, almonds and coconut.
  3. Using a metal spatula, press mixture into an ungreased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Cool to room temperature. Cut into bars. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Sunflower-Cherry Granola Bars in Taste of Home June/July 2007, p47

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Reviewed Jan. 27, 2014

"I used honey instead of corn syrup and I used salted sunflower seeds, gave it a nice sweet and salty flavour. I cut mine into 60 servings to make nice size 100 calorie bars."

Reviewed Jul. 31, 2012

"Was wondering if you could use raw vs. salted sunflower kernels? How about pepitas (the inside "seed" of the pumpkin seed) or other small nut in place of the sunflower seeds? I like the idea of all honey instead of the corn syrup, since it contains high fructose corn syrup...makes the bars healthier!"

Reviewed Mar. 30, 2011

"These were so addictive! I used honey roasted peanut butter and substituted some of the corn syrup with honey and it came out great!"

Reviewed Aug. 3, 2010

"EXCELLENT!! I'm always on the hunt for homemade versions of store-bought granola bars and these are definitely a keeper! Substituted dried cranberries for the cherries since they were so much cheaper."

Reviewed Oct. 1, 2009

"Do not over heat syrup and sugar as I did the first time I made as it sets up too much quickly & had to mix with hands & was hard to cut. Could probably use honey instead of syrup.

Very Good. We both liked but don't press down too much as they get too hard."

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