"A simple yet delicious recipe for granola bars. This makes a great base to customize with your own special ingredients." — Tony Weston
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1 1/2 cups
packed brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons
The only way I have ever gotten any of these granola bar recipes to stick together is to melt the butter and sweetener together over low heat on the stovetop (and drastically reduce the sugar, I might add), mix the dry ingredients in a bowl, then pour the melted butter in and mix well. If you plan to add any chips, wait for the mixture to cool to room first. Then I push the mixture into the greased pan and bake. It will seem really greasy until it thoroughly cools. Then you will have a happy, held-together granola bar. :)
Way too sweet, moist, and chewy to be called a granola bar. Try another recipe.
Also, beware that this makes a large amount!
Great recipe. I made it exactly as written the first time. The kids loved them, but I thought they were a bit too sweet. I cut the sugar in half, and they were perfect. I've used Sucanat in place of sugar with great results. I do bake them a bit longer, maybe 20 minutes, to get them crisper. Overall, a keeper.
I thought my end result was a 5 but I'm not sure as written it is.
I used way less brown sugar about 3/4 c and it was still really sweet. I didn't have wheat bran so i subbed 1/2 c flaxseed & 1/2 self-rising flour. My mixture would not stick together so I ended up adding an egg & a 1/2t soda. Added apricots & cranberries. I couldn't get it to spread out in a 9X13 so I used an 11X7 and cooked it about 20 minutes. End result is fantastic!
Great base recipe for granola. I added chopped almonds and dried cherries, plums and cranberries for a sweet and crunchy taste. It didn't quite keep the "bar" shape, though, so I broke it into crumbles to make a yummy homemade cereal. Thanks for the recipe, Tony!
It was really good, except I followed some of the other advice: I added a few more dry ingredients (whole wheat flour, ground flaxseed) and I baked mine twice as long. I baked them for 10 minutes, then cut them into bars and baked for 10 more minutes. After they were completely cooled, they were firm and stuck together rather well. Next time I might cut the sugar, as well - they were pretty sweet. But my kids love them!
This recipe is great, although I didn't really put in all of the above ingredients because I realized I only had 3/4 cup of oats . . . ended up doing a combo of oats, oat bran, wheat germ, sesame seeds, ground flax seeds & whole wheat flour that all equaled 4 cups in place of the 3 cups oats and 1 cup wheat bran (which I didn't have at all). I added craisins to half the batch and that was good. Does anyone have suggestions on making them stick together better???
The flavor of these was good but WAY too sweet. I would make them again because they are so easy but I will cut the sugar in half. Also, they didn't stick together at first. I had to return them to the oven for an additional 10 mintues which did the trick.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Granola Bars II
Serving Size: 1/24 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 24
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 76
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