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Homemade Granola Cookie Bars

Updated on November 12, 2012
Homemade Granola Cookies bars fresh out of the oven!
Homemade Granola Cookies bars fresh out of the oven! | Source

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Granola is a great tasting food that has the bonus of being a good source of energy, protein and fiber. There are many ways to enjoy it: people eat it in cereals, as high fiber enegry bars, and even enjoy it in cookies.

The ingredients for most granola recipes are pretty basic: oats, maple syrup, and brown sugar; Many people like to add fruit or nuts to their granola (or both).

Many different types of granola is avaible at the store; either in bulk form or as brand name cereals.

The following is a recipe to make homemade granola cookies (similar to oatmeal cookies). You can make these cookies in many variations: as individual cookies, loaded with nuts like cashews and almonds, or packed with fruits like raisins and dried cranberries. You can make them with whole wheat flour, or all-purpose flour or a combination of both.

Any way you choose to make these cookie bars, they are sure to taste better and be healthier and more nutritious than most of the prepackage granola energy bars at the store.

Some needed ingredients
Some needed ingredients | Source


1 cup (8 ounces) of Granola Cereal (your choice)

½ cup of rolled oats (uncooked oatmeal)

1 cup of all-purpose flour, or whole wheat flour

1 teaspoon of baking soda

1 teaspoon of baking powder

1 teaspoon of salt

½ cup of brown sugar, firmly packed

½ cup of white sugar

¼ cup of unsalted butter (half a stick)

¼ cup of vegetable oil

1 whole egg

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1 tablespoon of whole milk

2 tablespoons (1 ounce) of creamy peanut butter, optional

(butter flavored cooking spray)

(casserole / baking dish)

Ready for the oven!
Ready for the oven! | Source


1. Pre-heat the oven to 375 degree F.

2. In standing mixer (or using a large mixing bowl and an egg beater) beat together the ¼ cup of unsalted butter and ¼ cup of vegetable oil (you can using a ½ cup of just butter or a half cup of vegetable oil if you do not wish to use both together).

3. Add the white sugar and the firmly packed brown sugar and blend them together with the butter and oil mixture until well combined and fluffy.

4. Add the whole eggs, the teaspoon of vanilla extract, and the tablespoon of whole milk to the mixture and beat together until well incorporated.

5. Add the 2 tablespoons (one ounce) of peanut butter now, if you are choosing to use it for this recipe.

6. In a medium mixing bowl sift together all-purpose flour (or wheat flour) the baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

7. In a separate small bowl combine the one cup of granola cereal and the rolled oats.

8. Slowly add the flour mixture (in three parts) to the egg and butter batter; allow each addition to fully mix into the batter before adding the next part.

9. Scrap down the sides of the mixing bowl and mix together.

10. Add the granola cereal and oats to the batter and mix well, until all the ingredients are fully combined.

11. Spray a 13 x 9 inch (medium or large) baking or casserole dish with a butter flavored cooking spray or rub it down with unsalted butter.

12. Spread the batter evenly into the baking dish.

13. Bake granola cookie batter for 20-25 minutes (check on it at 20 minutes, to make sure it is not burning).

14. The cookies will be done when the batter is lightly golden brown on top.

15. Allow the cookie bar to cool completely (about one hour) before cutting into squares and serving are packing in an airtight container and refrigerating.


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    • Edgar Arkham profile image

      Edgar Arkham 5 years ago from San Jose, CA

      Sorry, that was a typo about the eggs (I changed it; it is just ONE egg). I am glad that you tried these and enjoyed them.

      It's nice that you where able to find substitutes for the milk and butter. Many of my recipes can easily be augmented to fit you dietry needs and preferences (I try to make them as easily to work with as I can).

      It's good you got a chance to use homemade granola, it hasn't been something I've mtried to make yet, but I really like it.

      Thank you for letting me know how your version of the recipe turned out, I might try it sometime.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Hmmm, thought I'd left a note here right after you published this recipe.

      Anyway, I came back to let you know that we made these bars tonight--yum! We used homemade granola cereal made by a friend. Due to being allergic to cow's milk the whole milk was replaced by almond milk, the butter by coconut oil, and just because we like it in baked goods, the vegetable oil was replaced with almond oil. We used only 1 egg, but the directions say eggs plural?

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      Edgar Arkham 5 years ago from San Jose, CA

      Thank you for reading!

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      I never like to buy premade granola bars. I like knowing what ingredients go into what I eat. This does sound very good. And these healthy bars would be nice to have around when I get hungry.