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Healthy Crunchy Granola Bar Recipe

Updated on June 8, 2017

Great For Breakfast or Lunch Box

My Personal Recipe

I know you will find my granola bar to be a delicious snack food as well as a food you can eat for breakfast - crumble it and sprinkle on yogurt, pudding, or applesauce. It even adds pizzazz to a boring cereal.

Put it in your children (or spouse's) lunch box or bag. They'll thank you!

After looking at a few granola recipes, I revised the ingredients and their amounts and created my very own granola bar recipe!

The Ingredients Needed

Mostly Natural Ingredients

I don't want to offend any health nuts, but I would speculate that some (or most) of the ingredients for this granola bar recipe are natural.

The ingredients include: Quaker Oats (Quick 1-minute), Saco Instant Nonfat Dry Milk, Kretschmer Honey Crunch Wheat Germ, Planters Dry Roasted Sunflower Kernels, Busy Bee Honey, Bakers Flaked Coconut, Nestle's Mini Chocolate Morsels.

What isn't pictured are the nuts used: almonds and pistachios. You could also use cashews. If you or someone in your family has a nut allergy, by all means, eliminate the nuts altogether.

Rolled Oats & Wheat Germ

Mix Dry Ingredients

Begin by measuring 2 1/2 cups rolled oats (on right side) with 1/2 cup wheat germ (on left side) in bowl. Mix with spoon.

Nuts & Seeds

Add the Crunch

Add the next ingredients to the rolled oats/wheat germ mixture. There should be one cup total of nuts. I chose to use a mixture of almonds and pistachios. You could use cashews too.

Clockwise from the top of photo: 1/4 cup coarsely chopped pistachios (shells removed), 1/2 cup sunflower seeds, 3/4 cup coarsely chopped almonds (shells removed).

I chopped the nuts so they would have a coarse texture because I wanted a crunchy granola bar. If you want to chop the nuts finer, that is your choice.

Powdered Milk & Coconut

The Next Ingredients

Add 1/2 cup powdered milk and 1/2 cup coconut to the mixture.

Add Chocolate

For Dessert Quality

I decided to add 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips for more sweetness.

This is optional, of course, but a must for chocolate lovers.

This might even elevate this not-so-ordinary granola bar to the dessert category.

Mix Liquid Ingredients

In a pan, warm 1/4 cup vegetable oil and 1/2 cup honey together. Pour this liquid into the dry ingredients, add 2 teaspoons vanilla.

Mix thoroughly, then spoon and press mixture in a buttered pan.

Baking Directions

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Healthy Crunchy Granola Bar Recipe

  • 2 1/2 cup Rolled Oats
  • 1/2 cup Wheat Germ
  • 1 cup total Almonds, Cashews, or Pistachios, Chopped Coarsely
  • 1/2 cup Sunflower Seeds
  • 1/2 cup Flaked Coconut
  • 1/2 cup Powdered Milk
  • 1/2 cup Mini Chocolate Morsels
  • 1/4 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 cup Honey
  • 2 teaspoon Vanilla

Bake 250 degrees for 55-60 minutes.

Let the granola bars cool completely before cutting into squares of desired size.

Yield: approximately 12-15 bars. Store in airtight container. Best if eaten in one week.

Bon appetit!

I particularly like making (and eating) these Healthy Crunchy Granola Bars because they don't have ingredients you can't pronounce or food additives. I think you will enjoy them too!

I did not receive any products or compensation to develop this recipe.

All photos are by the author, Camille Gizzarelli.

Make a Batch Tonight

I bet your family would love these bars, so why not make a batch tonight.

This Healthy Crunchy Granola Bar recipe is easy and nutritious. Why not combine the ingredients you love (mine is chocolate) with oats, nuts, and seeds.

If you are a fan of crunchy, versus chewy, you'll love these bars.


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    • CamilleGizzarelli profile image

      CamilleGizzarelli 4 years ago from New England, USA

      Thank you both for your positive feedback on the recipe.

      I'm still eating this batch and loving them! They have stayed firm and crispy during these few days. Let me know what you think.

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile image

      Zsuzsy Bee 4 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Thank you for sharing. I'm always looking for new granola recipes, as this one can be made without chocolat is a bonus for me. Will try your recipe this weekend.

      great hub

      regards Zsuzsy

    • Ceres Schwarz profile image

      Ceres Schwarz 4 years ago

      This recipe for granola bars looks really good. Your many images of how to make the granola bar look great and they are also very helpful in showing the readers the proper way to make this recipe. Adding chocolate chips to the granola bar sounds like a good idea and would surely be appreciated by chocolate lovers.