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Granola-To-Go Bars

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
  • Makes
    3 dozen

Ingredients

  • 3-1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup chopped almonds
  • 1 large egg, room temperature, 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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!
  • Want some back-up granola bars at the ready? Next time you're at the store grab a box of bars from one of these top-rated healthy granola bar brands.
  • Nutrition 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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    • Heidi
      Dec 18, 2019

      the recipe says it makes 3 dozen? So if you cut them into 36 pieces then it would be 130 calories each? Seems like that would be bite size. Is the 3 dozen a typo? The video shows it being cut into about 12 peices. Just curious and trying to be healthy

    • Kymberly
      Nov 14, 2018

      Really, really good! Love this as a healthy snack option for my family. Just make sure to cut them before cooling or they break apart easily!

    • mjvanaman
      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!

    • yellowbrickroad
      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!

    • JLAsMama
      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!

    • Carol Stivason
      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!

    • yellowbrickroad
      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!

    • Gmbrunett
      Aug 2, 2013

      So delicious!

    • cherwitt
      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.

    • widdgget
      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.