Easy & Healthy Do-it-Yourself Granola Bar Recipe

Healthy homemade granola bars

I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for new ideas for healthy snacks. I like to carry food with me wherever I go (to feed hungry and grumpy children), and have been known to dive into the stash, myself, in a pinch.

When my friends, Liz and Janice (AKA The Meal Makeover Moms) offered to send me a copy of their new book, No Whine with Dinner – 150 healthy, kid-tested recipes from The Meal Makeover Moms, I couldn’t wait.  Some nutritionists seem to spend more of their energy on the numbers than they do on flavor – but not Liz and Janice! This dynamic duo’s mission is to help families find healthy recipes that they can enjoy together.

I looked through the book the day it arrived in the mail and dog-eared at least 15 recipes I wanted to try (don’t tell the book police!)  I was so excited for this granola bar recipe, that I made it the same night after dinner, using ingredients that I already had on hand.

I loved this recipe for many reasons.

  • It is filled with real ingredients.
  • It is customizable – so that I can make it with my kids’ favorite dried fruit
  • It’s healthy.  Walnuts, for example, are filled with Omega-3 fats – which are fantastic for brain development and function (and my kids & I need all the help we can get!)
  • It’s earth friendly.  Because it’s homemade, it doesn’t come with a bunch of unnecessary packaging.
  • And because it tastes good, of course.

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Grab-and-Go Granola Bars
By the Meal Makeover Moms, No Whine with Dinner

1 cup oats (quick cooking or old fashioned)
1 cup shredded wheat cereal
1 cup walnuts
1 1/2 cups dried fruit (we used cherries and mango)
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
2 large eggs
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Light oil or coat an 8×8-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray (we wiped ours down with oil instead of using spray) and set aside.
  2. Place the oats, shredded wheat, walnuts, dried fruit, cinnamon and salt in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until the mixture is finely chopped.  (The dried fruit should be the size of lentils.)
  3. Whisk together the eggs, honey, and vanilla in a large bowl until well blended. Add the oat mixture and chocolate chips and stir to combine.
  4. Spread the mixture evenly in the prepared pan and flatten gently with the back of a spoon.
  5. Bake about 18 minutes, or until the edgest turn golden brown.  Let cool completely in the pan before slicing into 12 bars.

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While I received a review copy of this book for free, the opinions in this post are my own.
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17 Responses to Easy & Healthy Do-it-Yourself Granola Bar Recipe

  1. shira says:

    Wow! This sounds so yummy. I never thought to make them with eggs and bake them. I made cool in pan ones with oats, coconut flakes, rice puffs, kamut puffs, pecans, flax meal, salt and carob or chocolate chips. Then added warmed honey with coconut oil to the mixture and pressed it into a pan lined with parchment paper so that I could squish it down and compact it. Cooled, cut and ate! Best stored in the fridge or they like to fall apart. Maybe the egg stops that from happening! haha!

  2. Amanda says:

    Looks easy enough that even I could do it! Thanks!

  3. Tracy says:

    Can’t wait to try this! Love that I can customize it (i.e. leave out the nuts since I’m allergic). Yum!

  4. I would never have thought to put shredded wheat in a granola bar, but that sounds really good, I’m totally going to make these.

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  6. Melissa says:

    This looks delish!! Do you think I could replace the shredded wheat with cheerios?

    • Michelle Stern says:

      Hi,
      Good question – I am not sure. It’s worth a shot! I actually used something different too – what I had on hand.

      Michelle

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  10. M@rk says:

    Looks good. I’ve found some other recipes which call for a little cooking oil too… any idea why or why not to use some oil too?

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  12. kellie says:

    i made these and they turned out great! my daughter who is very picky loves them and says they are better than the store ones! i made a double batch not really thinking about shelf life so my question is can they be frozen and should they be refrigerated?

    • Michelle Stern says:

      Yay! Thanks Kellie!

      • Michelle Stern says:

        Sorry – I forgot to answer your question. It can’t hurt to refrigerate them, but if you want to save them for awhile, freezing is awesome. They might even thaw by lunchtime, if you packed them in a school lunch!

  13. Heidi McCarthy says:

    I just made these with 1 cup of dried apricots and 1/2 cup of dried cherries. We loved them. They are totally delicious. I’ve left some out and put some into the freezer for later. I plan on making more with other flavor combinations. I love that there isn’t added sugar in this recipe, and it was very easy and quick to do!

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