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Granola Bars Basic Recipe

Granola bars are healthy as a quick pick me up but make no mistake, they are loaded with calories. 


  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 ½ cups nuts, seeds, and dried fruit
  • ½ cup ugar, honey, or rice syrup, condensed milk, or a mixture of these sweeteners
  • ¼ cup butter or coconut oil or nut butter or a mix of these


  • Toast the oats, coconut, and nuts in the oven – spread them out on a dry baking sheet and watch them carefully as you don’t want them to burn – about 10 minutes should do it.     
  • Put your other seeds and fruit into a bowl then add the toasted nuts and oats. You can add spices like cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice at this stage and a little salt. 
  • Heat coconut oil, sugar, honey, butter, nut butter, or condensed milk and mix in to coat evenly.
  • Line a pan with parchment and press the mixture down firmly.
  • Place another layer of parchment paper on top and using a glass jar or something similar press down further so the bars stay together when cooked or after placing in the freezer for a while if you are doing no bake bars.
  • Bake at 325 degrees for around 20 minutes for chewy bars and around 30 minutes for more crunchy ones.
  • Make sure they are cool before cutting, and make sure you use a sharp knife.