Homemade Soft & Chewy Granola Bars

homemade granola bars

Homemade Granola Bars are so easy to make and they are much more cost-effective than the store-bought ones. In our family of 5 a package of store-bought granola bars are gone in a day if we all have one.  I usually opt to not have one since I have a love hate relationship with granola bars. I like them crunchy but I don’t want them to be hard.  This recipe will make a soft and chewy granola bar but if you leave it in the oven for 5 extra minutes it’s the perfect mix of soft and chewy, but with a crunch. Exactly how I love it!

Once I realized how easy they were to make we are now enjoying them a lot more in our home. I especially love that they are a healthy snack for the kiddos. We have had them for breakfast, they have it as a midday snack and I put it in their lunch as a “dessert”. My kids love the Pumpkin Granola bar flavor but you can pretty much make them whatever flavor you want and size!

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Homemade Soft & Chewy Granola Bars

  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cp brown sugar
  • 3 tbl of butter
  • 2 cps rolled oats
  • 1/4cp crushed walnuts or almonds
  • 1/2 cp pumpkin butter or any other fruit preserve
  • 1/4cp apple sauce
  • 1tsp of pumpkin spice (optional if you are making Pumpkin granola bars)

1. Mix cinnamon, sugar, butter, pumpkin spice and oats (& nuts) together.

2. Then add 1/4 cp of apple sauce to the mix. If you’re making pumpkin bars add more pumpkin butter instead of apple sauce.

3. Mix, I usually end up using my fingers. It will turn into a crumbly mixture.

4. Flatten out oatmeal mix in the greased pan. But reserving some for the topping.

5. Then place 1/2 of pumpkin butter or your fruit preserves over the flatten oatmeal.

6. Grab the rest of your oatmeal mixture and crumble over the fruit preserve.

It will resemble a sandwich.

Bake at 350 for 20- 25 minutes. If you like yours slightly crunchier leave it in for 5 more minutes but make sure it doesn’t burn.

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7 Responses to “Homemade Soft & Chewy Granola Bars”

  1. March 5, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

    They look delish! Definately going to try out this recipe

  2. Lynnette
    March 5, 2013 at 3:38 pm #

    Can’t wait to try this. What size pan does it make?

    • March 5, 2013 at 7:07 pm #

      Hi Lynnette, we just use a cookie sheet even though it doesn’t fill up the whole cookie sheet b/c I love my Wilton Silicon Baking mat that goes over our cookie sheets it just makes my baking life easier. But it would fit perfectly in a 9×9 pan.

      • Lynnette
        March 5, 2013 at 8:59 pm #

        Thank You!

  3. memoriesbythemile
    March 5, 2013 at 4:52 pm #

    Wow, these look and sound deliciously yummy. I love pumpkin too. I would lobe for you to link them to my party going on now at http://www.memoriesbythemile.com/
    xoxo
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

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