Chewy Granola Bars


Granola Bars

 I have tried for years to make a decent granola bar…one that doesn’t fall apart in my hand or practically crack a filling when I try to bite into it.  I had almost given up hope of finding a recipe that produced a crispy on the edges, chewy in the center bar that was easy to work with and had tons of flavor and texture. I recently found this recipe at ALEXANDRA’S KITCHEN and, with just a few minor changes, I think my granola bar issues are resolved. Alexandra calls these bars Acrobatic Granola Bars because they bend in the middle without breaking…I had to laugh at that! I’m definitely not acrobatic!  I’m not the only one with GB problems.  One of my favorite bloggers, DAVID LEBOVITZ, calls them his nemeses and has sworn off ever trying to make them again.  The issues are all the same, too hard, too soft, too sweet, crumbly…on and on. Should I drop him a note and tell him I found THE recipe?

Granola Bars

As long as you keep the ratio of dry to wet ingredients listed in the recipe you can substitute any dried fruits and nuts and use different  nut butters to achieve different flavors. In this recipe I used peanut butter and added some chopped peanuts as part of the quantity of nuts called for.  Alexandra mentioned that she used dried blueberries and didn’t care for them because they were overpowering.  She doesn’t like peanut butter for the same reason.   I thought it was good…I like peanuts, but next time I will try almond or cashew butter that I can purchase at my farmers’ market.  If you want a gluten free GB use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Old Fashioned Rolled Oats.  When you have combined your ingredients pat the mixture firmly into a parchment lined 9×9-inch square pan and bake for 23 minutes.

Granola Bars

 The parchment paper lifts easily out of the pan when the bars are done.  Let them cool and then slice into the desired size.  I used a ruler and a pizza cutter to slice them and it worked like a charm.

Granola Bars

As you will notice, this recipe contains corn syrup.  If you have a problem with this you can substitute honey.  I don’t know if you will get the same results, but if it’s an issue it’s worth a try. Purchased GB’s can have a list a mile long of unrecognizable ingredients and I like being able to choose what I add to the recipe. As always, homemade is best.

Chewy Granola Bars

Yield: 12-15 bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats. I used Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 3/4 cup slivered almonds. I like a combination of nuts so I added some peanuts and hazelnuts too, unsalted.
  • 1/2 cup sweetened coconut
  • 1/4 cup dried fruit - your choice of raisins, cranberries, cherries, whatever you like best
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup nut butter: peanut, almond, hazelnut, cashew -whatever you prefer
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup. This creates the chewiness of the bar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Combine the rolled oats, nuts, coconut and dried fruit in a large bowl. Set aside.
  2. To prepare the pan: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom and sides of a 9x9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper. If you lightly grease the pan the parchment will stick to it. Leave an overhang of paper so you can pull the cookies out of the pan after they are baked.
  3. To make the cookies: Combine the melted butter, brown sugar, nut butter and corn syrup. Mix well. Add to the dry ingredients and mix with a spatula until well combined. Spread into the prepared pan and press it in well to flatten it. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned on top. The longer you bake it the crisper the bars will be. I baked this batch for 22 minutes and thought it was just right. Remove from the oven and let cool for about 30 minutes. Pull up on the parchment paper and remove the cookies from the pan. Place the block on a cutting board and cut into pieces. Let cool completely before storing.
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Comments

  1. Pondside says

    They certainly look delicious! I haven’t made granola or granola bars for years – perhaps it’s time to try again.

  2. MaryMoh says

    I have been wanting to try making these granola bars but have not really got down to making them. A great procrastinator….huh….haha. No, life is sometimes just too busy and maybe I play too much :P But your granola bar sounds perfect. I need to bookmark this to try. Thanks very much for sharing. Hope you are enjoying your day.
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  3. colleen wohlgemuth says

    I’ve tried, without success to make granola bars, but want to give these a shot. They look delicious and my three teenaged boys will be gobbling them up in a flash if they work out.

    • Cathy says

      I hope you try this recipe, Colleen. I can’t think of a better snack for busy teenagers and they could easily survive the day in a backpack. Kids need as many healthy snacks as we can make for them.
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    • Cathy says

      If you get the urge to make some GB I know you will be happy with this recipe, Lea Ann. And they keep well. I’m looking forward to experimenting with different fruits and nuts. Hope you will try it.
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  4. Barbara says

    I’m almost afraid to try it, Cathy. I have rotten luck with granola bars…even Ina’s didn’t turn out right and she never misses!
    I’ve saved the recipe and when my daughter is home again, I’ll try it. She loves granola.
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    • Cathy says

      I bet you will love this recipe, Barbara. I didn’t like Ina’s recipe either (one of the few of hers I really didn’t care for). As with so many GB recipes, the taste is good but they fall apart. I hope you will give this a try.
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  5. Heidi says

    I’ve always had problems with GB’s too. Add to my issues, I don’t like peanut butter (most nuts, for that matter) or coconut. Been wanting to try cashew butter–I do love cashews! This may be the incentive I needed!

    P.S. Please enter me in the vanilla contest, too! Don’t know how that slipped past me!

  6. Jeannie says

    I had tried making granola bars and they stuck on the parchment for some reason…yours looks so wonderful…cuts up so neat…hope I can get a decent looking bar if I get the chance to bake this.
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  7. Patsy says

    These look amazing! I have all the ingredients on hand to make these and I’m anxious to get started but I just have one question. The ingredients call for 3/4 cup slivered almonds or a combination of nuts and two ingredients later says 1/2 cup nuts. Do we add both for a total of 1¼ cups of nuts? Thanks for a delicious recipe!!

    • Cathy says

      Hi Patsy – Thank you so much for bringing that to my attention. I had intended to change it but must have gotten side tracked and forgot. A common occurrence unfortunately. Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you enjoy these bars. I think they are the best.!
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  8. Erin @ Making Memories says

    Oh yeah! All of my co-workers ask about your amazing granola bars, now I can direct them here

  9. Rattlebridge Farm -- Foodie Friday says

    How delicious, Cathy. I love your wraps, too. My DH will love these bars–so easy to pop into his pocket for a healthy snack. Have a great weekend!

  10. Marilyn says

    I think I need to try this one. I have a recipe I love, but they do seem to fall apart easily. I like the idea of the nut butter, yummm!
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  11. Barb says

    I tried this twice. Once with dried blueberries and once with dried cranberries. Both were really good. The first time they were a little too soft (still really good) the next time I baked them for a minute or two longer (23 – 24 minutes) and they were perfect they held together yet were chewy. I may never buy them again.

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