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Sunflower-Cherry Granola Bars Recipe

Sunflower-Cherry Granola Bars Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 208 calories, 9 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 76 mg sodium, 30 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 5 g protein.

Reviews for Sunflower-Cherry Granola Bars

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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."

Reviewed Jun. 7, 2009

"Wow, couldn't believe how good these are. I followed the recipe except for the "cherries & raisins", I used a dried multi-berry blend (Welch's & Sunsweet both have one in the grocery stores) and I make my own peanutbutter. Yes, it has sugar it in, but they're the best tasting one's I've ever made."

Reviewed Apr. 14, 2009

"We apologize for the error in the recipe description. It should have read, "The chewy bars have plenty of oats and nuts." The corn syrup in the recipe is correct.

Thank you for bringing this to our attention.
Taste of Home Test Kitchen"

Reviewed May. 10, 2008

"where is the honey? Did you sub it for the corn syrup"

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