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Homemade Chewy Granola Bars Recipe

Homemade Chewy Granola Bars Recipe

"Our children are now grown and gone, but they always look forward to eating these chocolaty treats when they come back home to visit," relates Lavone Edgar from Nampa, Idaho. Her recipe makes a dozen wholesome bars-enough for the two of you to enjoy and share.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling YIELD:12 servings


  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1/4 cup sunflower kernels
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 3 tablespoons toasted wheat germ
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips


  • 1. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, peanut butter, corn syrup, butter and vanilla. Stir in the oats, sunflower kernels, raisins, wheat germ and sesame seeds. Fold in chocolate chips.
  • 2. Press into an 8-in. square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until set and edges are browned. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: 1 dozen.

Recipe Note

Editor’s Note: These granola bars are best if allowed to stand, covered, for 1 day before serving.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 239 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 102mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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tammycookblogsbooks User ID: 7112115 94066
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2014 Edited Jun. 19, 2015

"These bars have a great crunch from the sunflower kernels and sesame seeds. Be sure to follow the Editor's note above. The first time I made them they didn't stay together very well but the taste was so good it didn't matter."

mdbull4 User ID: 3722378 142597
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2013

"Great recipe! I like to change it up some or keep it as is :) Add coconut, replace seeds for nuts, use more peanut butter & honey with less corn syrup or add marshmallows! You can do just about anything with this recipe."

dlg1 User ID: 3362657 57331
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2011

"I made these for my family and we loved them. I didn't use the sunflower kernels I chopped up roasted almonds instead. I was wondering could you use honey instead of corn syrup."

bakingf User ID: 2574109 142561
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2010

"I LOVE these bars. They are irresistable. They are sweet, chocolate, chewy and contain some healty things like wheat germ, sunflower seeds and sesame seeds. I make them often."

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