Home Made Granola Bars

I love granola. I love granola bars. REAL granola bars. I’m not talking about the chewy, HFCS laden ones that you can buy in the grocery store. Nope. Most of the time the smell of those gives me a headache. I DO, though, like the green granola bars by Nature Valley (not an ad). My sister and her son make me some special granola mixes on occasion, and they are fantastic! I’ve tried to make some my on my own, but can’t ever seem to get my ingredients right. Today, though, I decided to try my hand at making my own granola BARS, using some ingredients that I had in stock in our walk-in pantry laying around the kitchen.

granola bar ingredients
ForeMost Vanilla Whey Protein, honey, raisin and nut trail mix, Pure Maple Syrup, Craisins. Not shown? Oats

My wife is going to shake her head at this, but I didn’t really measure out any of the ingredients. Honest. But here’s how it pretty much went down:

Line a pan with parchment paper (easy clean up!). I used a 9″ pie pan.
Pre-heat oven to 375.

I put the following ingredients into a mixing bowl:
Some oats (about a cup or so)
Some trail mix (cup or so?)
Craisins (handful)
Pure Maple Syrup (about a cup)
Honey (some. i dunno. 1/3 cup?)
Protein Powder (scoop and then some)

Mix well, ensuring that the maple syrup and honey coat every tasty morsel.
Press lightly but evenly into the previously lined pan, then whack-it in the oven for about 8 minutes.
Take out, let cool. I sped up that process by lifting the parchment paper out of the pan.
Once it is cool, or you can’t take the suspense any longer, cut into bars, store leftovers in an airtight container.

I think that they would have been a little better with pepitas, or maybe some finely ground coffee.

granola bars
gene’s granola bars

Let me know how yours turn out! If you are looking for a great source for PURE Vermont Maple Syrup, check out my friends’ at Raymond Sugar House!


  1. I don’t know many men who do measure out ingredients. It’s something I wish I could do – not have to measure – but I’m a bit anal anyway, so it never works and I always have to check still, just in case …

    • heh heh…it drives my wife nuts when i do it. i don’t bake mostly because of the accuracy needed to make things come out correctly. i’m a stove top cooker…. thanks for stopping by!

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