Grown-Up Granola Bars are a 'bar' above the rest! They are nutrient rich, delicious, and make a portable, on-the-go snack for kids of all ages.
The recipe that started it all!
Grown-Up Granola Bars will always hold a special place in our hearts. It was one of the first recipes Stephen and I coined as "ours" and was the first recipe ever published on our blog. Today, the recipe remains a favorite among our children, friends, and our wonderful online community. These bars are nutritious, easy to throw together, and perhaps best of all, completely customizable. These bars make a perfect snack or upgraded treat you can enjoy anytime. We can't wait for you to try them!
WHY YOU'LL LOVE THESE BARS
Compared to store bought, these bars pack in greater nutritional value and less added sugar than the leading name brands. Filled with whole grains, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and vitamins and minerals, these bars pack a powerful punch!
These bars can be made with any variety of chocolate, fruit, nuts, and seeds and can be adapted to fit a variety of eating patterns. For a gluten free adaptation, read the recipe notes below!
These bars can go wherever you go! We like to individually wrap them and store them in the fridge until we're ready for our next adventure!
HOW TO MAKE THESE BARS
To a large bowl, add all your dry ingredients and stir well to combine.
Next, add in your wet ingredients and "add-ins" and fold together until fully mixed.
Pour mixture into a baking pan and bake until lightly golden and "set". Let cool fully before slicing into bars.
Grown-Up Granola Bars
- 2 cups rolled oats
- ⅓ cup whole wheat flour can sub with GF
- ⅓ cup ground flaxseeds
- ⅓ cup wheat germ*
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup loose brown sugar optional
- ½ cup walnut, avocado, or other mild tasting oil
- ½ cup honey
- 1 egg
Add-Ins (You pick up to 1 cup TOTAL) - Favorite Combos Include:
- walnuts and chocolate chips
- cashews and dried apricot pieces
- dried cherries and pistachios
- unsweetened coconut flakes and dried cranberries
- pecans and dried blueberries
- In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients, including add-ins. Mix until well combined.
- Next, add in your oil, honey, vanilla, and egg and gently fold together until fully incorporated.
- Pour mixture into an oiled 8x8 baking pan. Using a spoon (or your hands), firmly press the mixture down evenly into the pan.
- Bake in a 350° oven for 25-28 minutes. Edges should be turning slightly golden. Place pan on a cooling rack for at least 10 minutes prior to slicing.
- Slice into 16 - 2"x2" bars. Store in the fridge.