Really Moist and Chewy Granola Bars


When you think of granola you usually think hard and dry.  Well, it’s a new world out there because I have found a recipe for a moist, slightly sweet, chewy, delicious granola bar.  This recipe can be as nutty or fruity as you like, depending on your taste or your mood and can be “store bought” sweet or less so if you want to pretend to be a little more healthy.

Apples and granola bars are a staple for me –the perfect mid-day snack! They are full of healthy ingredients but taste like a treat!  Since they tend to be surprisingly expensive for what they are, I thought I would try and make my own.  Turns out they are so easy to make I might never buy another box again!  This recipe is so versatile I can change the nuts and fruits and make a new kind of bar each and every time.


Really Moist and Chewy Granola Bars

Adapted from King Arthur Flour


1 2/3 cups quick rolled oats

1/2 cup granulated sugar (You can use up to 3/4 cup if you want it to be sweeter- I didn’t in this recipe)

1/3 cup of oat flour (I put oats in a coffee grinder and made my own flour.  For just a 1/3 of a cup I’m not sure why you would want to buy a whole new kind of flour)

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp cinnamon

3 cups of dried fruits/nuts (this is where you can get creative.  For this recipe I used roasted almonds, walnuts, dried apricots, dried cranberries and golden raisins)

1/3 cup of almond butter (you can also use peanut butter but I’m sure the taste of the granola bars would change  A LOT if you did – I used almond butter)

1 tsp vanilla extract

6 tbs of melted butter

1/4 cup honey

2 tbs light corn syrup (I wasn’t crazy about using corn syrup.  I’m sure there is a more organic/natural sweetener I can use.  Maybe just more honey?)

1 tbs water



These might just be the easiest baking directions. 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9x13 pan.  Cover the pan with parchment paper making sure to cut it too long so it hangs off the sides.  Grease the parchment paper too.

Mix together the dry ingredients, nuts and fruits

IMG_3784 Mix together the wet ingredients

IMG_3783 Mix dry and wet ingredients together

IMG_3785 Pat beautiful and colorful mixture into the pan

IMG_3787 Doesn’t that just look delicious?

Bake for about 30-40 minutes.  Mine definitely took 40.  They are going to look like they aren’t done – a little like seriously under baked oatmeal cookies that melted into one big cookie- but do not fear.  They are done! Take them out of the oven and put the pan on a cooling rack for 15 minutes.  Since the parchment paper is sticking out on the sides you can easily pick up the large “bar” and let it finish cooling out of the pan.

Once they are cool use a serrated knife or a chef’s knife to cut them into the sizes you want! 

Wrap them individually in plastic wrap or put them in tupperware.  After my caramel experiment I wasn’t really ready to individually wrap anything, so tupperware it was! 

IMG_3788 Granola and orange juice for a quick breakfast!



  1. these look like the perfect Seattle recipe - you might be meant to move to the west coast :) I'll have to try making them.

  2. I made these and they were awesome! I will definitely be doing this from now on rather than buying granola bars at the store.

  3. So glad you tried them! I couldn't believe how easy they were to make and how good they were!! :)

  4. how many servings did this make?

  5. Looks delish! Could you add a little bit of pumpkin puree to this one? Would it turn out ok?