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Chewy Fruit Granola Bars

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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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.

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  • jnestler
    Jan 10, 2016

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

  • rosy
    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
    Mar 7, 2010

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

  • brandi82IUP
    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
    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!