Hi there, dear friends 😀
My eldest daughter and I love eating Granola Bars, but those that are store-bought are often laden with too much sugar and they also cost a bomb for just a few bars in a box. Also, most of them are lacking in the type of nutritious ingredients that we want.
So, for the past few weeks, I have been looking up Granola Bar recipes, but I couldn’t really find one that I liked…and so, I came up with my own recipe instead and my Granola Bars were very delicious! I love it that they were made with a lot of high fibre ingredients and sweetened naturally by the dried fruits and a little wild honey….yummm!
Please feel free to modify this flexible recipe to suit your own or your family’s taste buds, or go with whatever dry ingredients that are available in your kitchen….your Granola Bars will still turn out good. You can’t go wrong anyhow because if your batter is too wet, you will end up with a more chewy bar…..if your batter is too dry, you will end up with a more biscuit-like bar – both versions are totally edible and will go well with a cup of tea or coffee, or a glass of milk!
Happyhomemaker88’s Loaded Granola Bar Recipe
Dry Ingredients :-
1 cup lightly toasted shredded or dessicated coconut (I used a dry pan on the stove)
1 cup oatmeal (rolled or quick cooking)
1 cup of any nuts (I used walnuts, sunflower and pumpkin seeds)
1 cup raisins
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup wholemeal flour
1/4 cup Apple Fibre (can be replaced with Oat Bran for the fibre)
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder (use more if you like it)
*** 1/4 cup Diatomaceous Earth (optional ingredient – go to the bottom of this page to see why I use this. You can replace it with flour with you don’t have DE on hand)
– Mix all the ingredients in a bowl ………….
Preheat your oven to 360 degrees Fahrenheit, or 180 degrees Celcius now.
Prepare a cookie sheet pan (or a rectangular baking dish) by greasing it and then lining it with parchment or grease proof paper – make sure to have excess paper draping over the sides of the pan/dish for easy lifting of the whole granola bar out – it will be quite heavy.
Next, the wet ingredients below will go into another mixing bowl….
Wet ingredients :-
3/4 cup melted butter (can use Coconut Oil)
3/4 cup honey
3 eggs (I used 3 medium eggs)
Beat the wet ingredients gently and then incorporate the mixture into the dry ingredients with a wooden spoon. The batter will be just wet through and quite stiff.
Pour the batter into the pan or dish.
Depending on how high you want your granola bars to be, flatten and spread out the batter evenly. It is okay if you can’t fill up your whole pan……I only managed to fill up about 7 inches by 9 inches of my mine. You are going to cut up the baked batter into bars or squares anyway.
** Optional – you can sprinkle some coconut or lemon zest on top of the batter to decorate your Granola Bars.
Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, turning the pan around halfway through the time (at 10 minutes).
When done, remove from oven and let cool. Cut into the sizes that you want. I divided mine into 3 batches – one for eating that same day, one for freezing and one to be kept in the refrigerator – because the tropical weather here is too hot and I want my Granola Bars to keep longer.
Why did I use Diatomaceous Earth (DE) as one of the ingredients in my Granola Bars?
The primary reason of putting DE was more for my family’s intestinal deworming and parasitic elimination purposes. But then DE is also good for almost anything, which you can read about at the link below :-
These loaded Granola Bars are high in fibre and are much healthier compared to those store-bought ones. They are good as a breakfast bar, or as a healthy snack in place of fattening snacks.
Hope you like this recipe!
With best wishes,