Homemade Granola Bar Recipe

homemade granola bar recipe As part of the 30 Day Eat Less Processed Food Challenge, I knew I needed to find a way to make my own granola bars.

I love granola bars and quite honestly they are a good backup plan for breakfast when things get crazy.

This recipe is probably not the absolute healthiest in the world, but it is super easy and does contain some very good-for-you ingredients!  In fact, I had them mixed up and in the oven in 10 minutes flat!


3 cups plain quick oats

1 can sweetened condensed milk

1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup dried cranberries (Craisins)

1/2 cup sliced almonds

2 tablespoons butter

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9×13 pan.

2. Mix the quick oats and sweetened condensed milk.

easy granola bars 2.  Melt the butter.  Add butter, chocolate chips, cranberries and almonds to the mixture.  Mix with hands or gently with a spoon.

homemade granola bars easy homemade granola bars 3. Press into the greased 9×13 pan.

4. Bake for 18-22 minutes.  Be careful to not over-bake by watching the edges.

chocolate chip granola bar recipe {Adapted from this recipe}

Divide into 20 servings.  Nutrition facts per serving: Calories: 175, Carbohydrate: 26 g, Fat: 7 g, Protein: 4 g

If you are careful to not over-bake, they will be very chewy and full of flavor.  This homemade granola bar recipe does have some sugar in it from the sweetened condensed milk, but at least you know everything that’s going in it!  So much less processed than a lot of the bars you would buy in the store.

almond granola bar recipe {Linking up to Life Made Lovely}



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4 Responses to Homemade Granola Bar Recipe

  1. Janet S. January 25, 2012 at 11:20 pm #

    These look sooooo yummy!! Please let me know if you can think of a vegan friendly substitute for the condensed milk….I would love to try these!!!

    • Christen January 26, 2012 at 12:33 am #

      I’m glad you say that actually because I am planning to play around with some other recipes. I want to find one that’s lower calorie and I would love to post a vegan one!!

  2. Christen May 10, 2012 at 5:31 pm #

    Hope you like it! I’m definitely going to add some dried fruit or nuts next time, but it was yummy without it.


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