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Papa’s Granola Bars

February 21, 2011

Over the past couple of weekends, my two guys have been perfecting their granola bar recipe.  The last attempt was alright for the adults but just a bit too crunchy for little ones.  This most recent (and dare I say final?) recipe is not only delicious but also has the perfect amount of chewiness!

I should warn you, B is pretty serious about his granola bars recipe (Papa’s Extra Healthy Chewy Chocolaty Granola Bars, as he calls them)…  While this is wonderful, it might also be true that not everyone is as committed to such a wide variety of flours in their pantry.  I’ll give you the recipe first in more general terms, and then add papa’s notes so it can be adapted to suit your tastes (or whatever happens to be available in the pantry).

Papa’s Granola Bars
Makes 12 bars
Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 C Rolled Oats
  • 1/2 C Wheat Germ
  • 1 1/3 C Flours*see notes*
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 3/4 C Dried Cranberries
  • 1/2 C Chocolate Chips

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1/2 C Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 C Honey or other sweetener*see notes*
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and line a 9″x13″ baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Add dry ingredients to a large bowl and stir.  Pour in wet ingredients and mix.
  3. Press mixture into prepared pan and bake at 350 F for about 25 minutes.
  4. Using edges of parchment paper, remove bars from the pan and cut while still warm.
  5. Cool and enjoy.  Store in an airtight container.

Papa’s Notes:

  • 1 1/3 C “Flours”= 1/3 C garbanzo bean flour, 1/3 C flaxseed meal, 1/3 C fine oat bran, 1/3 C oat flour.  Papa suggests substituting whole wheat flour or even all purpose flour.  Granola bars are pretty forgiving, really…
  • 1/2 C Honey or other sweetener= 1/4 C honey, 1/4 C barley malt (molasses or even maple syrup could also be used)
5 Comments leave one →
  1. February 21, 2011 11:39 am

    This sounds divine! If I wanted to leave out the cranberries.. do you think I should add more oats?

  2. February 21, 2011 1:06 pm

    I definitely don’t have all those different flours, but I do have everything else on hand and those look awesome! Thanks Carrie. :-)

  3. February 22, 2011 1:26 pm

    These look really good and we love granola bars around here! I was actually buying some organic ones from a discounts store, but the store is going out of business, meaning no more cheap oragnic food for me. :-( So, I guess I need to bake more?!?!

    I don’t have all of those flours, but I’m sure I could either sub some out or get them if need be!


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