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Healthy Homemade Granola Bars with Fruit and Nuts

These homemade granola bars with fruit and nuts are simple, soft, and chewy. Easy to make with ideas for ingredient variations, you will find it’s a healthy snack that’s fun and simple to make at home.

Easy Healthy Homemade Fruit and Nut Granola Bars | 31Daily.com

Whether you’re heading back to school or just want a healthy snack, these quick and easy homemade granola bars that you’ll find yourself making over and over.

Healthy snack options are critical in my house. With a student athlete who never gets full, a husband on the go… and me, who likes to fill them up with healthy and real food, homemade granola bars are an excellent option.

Customizing these bars are incredibly easy. Substitute the nuts or even eliminate them, add mini chocolate-chips and substitute chopped peanuts for the almonds, add a little spice, or remove it. Substitute currants or apricots for the raisins and cranberries — or combine all three or four. See below for some ideas. Experiment to find your favorite combinations!

These are ours.

These bars are easy and quick and keep stored in an air-tight container up to 2 weeks — if they last that long.

Ingredients for Homemade Granola Bars with Fruit

Gather these pantry ingredients for delicious homemade granola bars with dried fruit. Specific ingredient measurements are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  • Old-fashioned oats
  • Bran flakes cereal
  • Crispy rice cereal
  • Almonds
  • Raisins
  • Dried cranberries
  • Honey
  • Creamy peanut butter
  • Vanilla
  • Ground cinnamon

Variation Ideas

Almond Dark Chocolate: 1 ½ cup oats, 1 cup bran cereal or crispy rice cereal, 1 cup chopped almonds, 1 cup dried cherries, 1/2 cup dark mini chocolate chips.

Peanut Chocolate Bars: 1 ½ cup oats, 1 ½ cup bran cereal, 1 cup chopped peanuts, 1/2 cup dark mini chocolate chips.

How to Make Homemade Granola Bars with Fruit

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees with a rack in the middle of the oven. Line an 8 x 8-inch square pan with parchment, leaving a little extra to hang over the edges. This will be helpful once they have been baked and are cooled. Coat the parchment paper with a non-stick spray.

Step 1: Combine the Dry Ingredients

In a medium bowl combine the dry ingredients; oats, bran flakes, nuts, and raisins.

Step 2: Warm the Honey

In a glass measuring cup, add honey, peanut butter, salt, cinnamon, and vanilla. Microwave until warm, 10-15 seconds, and stir to combine.

Step 3: Combine the Ingredients

Pour the wet mixture over the dry ingredients and use a spatula to scrape every last drop. Stir together until all dry ingredients are coated with the honey, peanut butter mixture and begin to clump together.

Step 4: Bake the Bars

Press granola into prepared pan, pressing firmly with wet or lightly oiled hands.

Bake the bars for 20-25 minutes. Then cool completely before lifting them from the pan. Cut into 8 bars or 12 squares.

How to Store Homemade Granola Bars with Fruit

Wrap granola bars in individual plastic wrap or parchment paper and store them in an air-tight container for up to 2 weeks.

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Easy Healthy Homemade Fruit and Nut Granola Bars | 31Daily.com

Easy Healthy Homemade Fruit and Nut Granola Bars

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

These homemade granola bars with fruit and nuts are simple, soft, and chewy. Easy to make with ideas for ingredient variations, you will find it's a healthy snack that's fun and simple to make at home.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup bran flakes cereal, crushed
  • 1/2 cup crispy rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees with a rack in the middle of the oven. Line an 8 x 8-inch square pan with parchment, leaving a little extra to hang over the edges. This will be helpful once they have been baked and are cooled. Coat the parchment paper with a non-stick spray.
  2. In a medium bowl combine the dry ingredients; oats, bran flakes, nuts, and raisins.
  3. In a glass measuring cup, add honey, peanut butter, salt, cinnamon, and vanilla. Microwave until warm, 10-15 seconds, and stir to combine.
  4. Pour the wet mixture over the dry ingredients and use a spatula to scrape every last drop. Stir together until all dry ingredients are coated with the honey, peanut butter mixture and begin to clump together.
  5. Press granola into prepared pan, pressing firmly with wet or lightly oiled hands.
  6. Bake the bars for 20-25 minutes until you see a golden brown color on top. I like to see a slightly brown and crunchy top.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 171Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 94mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 3gSugar: 17gProtein: 4g

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