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Crunchy Granola Oatmeal Bars

Updated on April 27, 2015
Oatmeal Bars; the perfect bar to along with your tea or coffee.
Oatmeal Bars; the perfect bar to along with your tea or coffee. | Source
Baysville, Ontario
Baysville, Ontario | Source

So where exactly is Baysville Ontario?

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A markerBaysville Ontario -
Baysville, ON, Canada
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B markerLake of Bays, Muskoka -
Lake of Bays, Ontario, Canada
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Shania Twain has a family home here.

C markerMuskokas -
Muskoka District Municipality, ON, Canada
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How making oatmeal bars came about for me

My husband has been working this past little while close to Baysville Ontario, in the Muskokas. While there he's found The Humble Pie Bakery that he loves. The way in which he described the place makes it sound so warm and inviting. It's an older lady that bakes and runs the place. It has the old wooden floors and a couple of tables for anyone that wants to sit and stay a spell to enjoy one her delicious treats, pizza or coffee.

The other day I get a text from hubby saying he'd just eaten the most amazing bars and could I try to make them for him. He told me they were called South African Crunchies. Being the amazing wife that I am, I told him I'd see what I could do. After searching the web for a recipe I came upon two that sounded quite good.

Out to the store I went to gather all the supplies I needed to make these oatmeal bars. Several recipes said that you have to use Lyle's Golden Syrup or else they won't taste quite as good with any other syrup. There was a time when every store carried it so I knew exactly what I was looking for, but ended up having to go to four stores to find it. By the time hubby got home the oatmeal bars were out of the oven and ready to sample.

I felt like Goldilocks from the Three Bears watching as he sampled the oatmeal bar. Well what do you think, I asked.

Hmm, not quite right. Can you try making them a little sweeter maybe, he replied.

Sure, I'll try. I'll make another batch of them tomorrow, I told him.

I had left the plate of oatmeal bars wrapped and on the counter and the next morning there was only one left. Someone sure liked them.

Anyway I fiddled around with the recipe I'd used and here is what I came up with. Even though they're not exactly like The Humble Pie Bakery's South African Crunchies, they are quite tasty. If you've ever had Quaker Oats Oatmeal Bars and like them, you'll love these.


Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 18 min
Ready in: 38 min
Yields: 16 bars depending on what size you cut them

Lyle's Golden Syrup used to always come in a green can. If you cannot find it in the can it may be because it also now come's in a glass jar, which is approximately the same size as the can.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups of Large Flake Oats
  • 3/4 cup of Flour, All purpose
  • 1 1/4 cups of Coconut, Shredded
  • 1/4 tsp of Salt
  • 1/2 cup of Butter
  • 3 tbs of Lyle's Golden Syrup
  • 2 tbs of Milk
  • 1 tsp of Baking Soda
  • Cooking Spray
  • 1/4 cup of Sugar

Making Oatmeal Bars

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Mix the dry ingredientsIngredients that will be melted together (Butter, Lyle's Golden syrup, milk, baking soda) along with the sugarMelting the butter with the sugar, syrup, and then add the milk with baking soda mixtureMix the syrup mixture into the dry ingredient mixtureIngredients pressed into the baking dish and ready to go into the ovenFinished oatmeal just needs to cool and be cut into bars or squares.
Mix the dry ingredients
Mix the dry ingredients
Ingredients that will be melted together (Butter, Lyle's Golden syrup, milk, baking soda) along with the sugar
Ingredients that will be melted together (Butter, Lyle's Golden syrup, milk, baking soda) along with the sugar
Melting the butter with the sugar, syrup, and then add the milk with baking soda mixture
Melting the butter with the sugar, syrup, and then add the milk with baking soda mixture
Mix the syrup mixture into the dry ingredient mixture
Mix the syrup mixture into the dry ingredient mixture
Ingredients pressed into the baking dish and ready to go into the oven
Ingredients pressed into the baking dish and ready to go into the oven
Finished oatmeal just needs to cool and be cut into bars or squares.
Finished oatmeal just needs to cool and be cut into bars or squares. | Source

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350° F. Spray an 11" X 7" baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium size mixing bowl combine the flour, oats, salt, and coconut blending well.
  3. In a small bow mix milk with the baking soda and set aside.
  4. In a saucepan melt butter and sugar together with the Lyle's Golden Syrup. When it starts to bubble remove from heat and stir in the milk and baking soda mixture.
  5. Add this to the dry ingredients mixing well.
  6. Press the mixture into the baking dish and press down firmly.
  7. Bake in the oven for 15 - 20 minutes until golden brown. Turn off the oven and let the pan sit for ten minutes before removing from the oven.
  8. Cool completely before cutting into bars or squares.
  9. Serve and ENJOY!

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      Susan Zutautas 24 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks Audrey! I'm doing pretty good these days thanks.

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      Audrey Selig 24 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi again Susan Your energy amazes me. I am back to read this once more. They still sound delicious, and I wish I could eat crispy foods. Sometimes, I make stuff less crispy. Hope you are doing well. Blessings, Audrey

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      Susan Zutautas 24 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      poetryman, Thank you. I'm sure the brown sugar could be substituted but I'm not sure that the texture would come out the same way. Let me know if you try them.

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      Susan Zutautas 24 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      stricktlydating, Thanks!

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      poetryman6969 24 months ago

      They look delicious. Can brown sugar be substituted?

      The syrup is an interesting touch.

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      StricktlyDating 24 months ago from Australia

      They look great!

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      Susan Zutautas 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Barb, Bonnie, Audrey, esmonaco, DealForALiving, and Lisa, Thank you everyone for stopping by and for your comments.

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      Lisa Auch 2 years ago from Scotland

      Love this I am keeping this safe and try for sure :)

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      Sam Deal 2 years ago from Earth

      Sounds delicious and easy enough to make. I'll print this out for later~

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 2 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Susan, These sure do look delicious, as oatmeal rasin cookies are my favorite, so I'm sure I'll love these. What a wonderful story of how you came about making these treats, your husband is one lucky guy :)

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      This is one of my favorite snacks Susan!

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      beliza 2 years ago

      Those look really good!

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Susan, I have to try these - my family would enjoy them (to my food board with thee!)

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      Susan Zutautas 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I do love to cook and to please the ones I love. Thank you !

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      Audrey Selig 2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Susan - What a wonderful wife you are to just whip up what your husband desires. I admire your ability to have such a good marriage. The bars sound delicious, and I might try them. I cannot eat crispy things, but my husband would love them. The syrup sounds soothing. Good luck to you. Keep on keeping on as you always do. Sharing. Blessings, Audrey

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Kathryn, I love it when people come back to revisit one of my hubs. Thanks so much or sharing and hope you have a great weekend!

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Crafty, If you get the time to make these, I hope that you and the children enjoy them.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I saw this on the feed, and revisited it. I was all set to make them, but I don't have coconut :( For now I will tweak the recipe to include the ingredients I do have, and next grocery day I will be sure to buy coconut flakes.

      Thanks again. The close up of those bars makes it look very tempting!

      Since I have checked this out twice (so you know it has to look great), I am going to share this!

      Have a great day, and thanks for a delicious snack idea!

      ~ Kathryn

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      I love a good bakery! These look so delicious. I'm often in a hurry and don't always bake homemade. I would love to try these to pack in the children's lunches. Thank you for the recipe!

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hi Rasta, Nice to meet you. Thanks for stopping by and for commenting.

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      Marvin Parke 3 years ago from Jamaica

      Oatmeal cookies are my favorite. I am going to invent my own vegan recipe based on your technique.

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Kathryn, I do that with a lot of recipes that I make. Tweak them until they come out the way I think they should be:) Hope you enjoy the recipe.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I love any kind of oat bars or cookies, and these look spectacular! I like that you tried to get it "just right" more than once, and provided us with the results! I look forward to trying it. Thanks for sharing your recipe with us!

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Kasman, I've used organic oatmeal before when making the oatmeal bars but that would be the only organic ingredient. I've never tried Clif bars but will look for them. Hope that you enjoy the recipe, and thanks for sharing and voting.

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Well I'm going to definitely take advantage of your name and ask a question. Are the ingredients you listed mainly organic? I only ask because I loved what I read and I want to try this. See I eat CLIF bars currently and I know that most if not all the ingredients are organic and they hail from Canada. Maybe I missed it in the hub, but I didn't see it anywhere for sure. Thanks a lot for this, I'm a huge stickler for granola anything in general. Voting up and sharing!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Audrey, My son has been asking me to make these again just lately. I think they'd be great with chocolate chips. thanks for the votes the stars and for stopping by. Hope that you enjoy the granola oatmeal bars. Always so nice to see you.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Susan - I just can't wait to make these delicious granola bars. I love the recipe. I might even sneak a few chocolate chips in the batter :)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Susan, Nothing quite like Lyle's syrup :) I would pour it on bread for lunch when I was younger. Have a great too!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      These oatmeal bars sound very good. I'd much rather make them myself (I know exactly what's in them) :) I'll round up the ingredients and make some soon. Thanks so much and voted up ++ and 5 stars.

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Susan,

      Sounds yummy! My dad was a good cook and baker. I remember how he used Lyle's golden syrup. My sister and I would eat it by the spoonful.

      Voted up and awesome

      Have a great weekend. :)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hi Karen, Nice to meet you. Please let me know how the oatmeal bars turn out for you.

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      Karen Ellis 4 years ago from Central Oregon

      I will deffinately try this recipe. I, also, fiddle around with recipes. I will try this with a sugar-free syrup and a mixture of whole wheate and all purpose flower - to reduce sugar intake.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Gordon, I'm surprised to read this. Do you not eat porridge? I've been eating and enjoying Lyle's Syrup all my life :) It was a staple in my grandmothers cupboard.

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      Gordon Hamilton 4 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Hi, Susan

      They sound delicious - even though it's not easy for me to think of oatmeal as anything other than a fish dressing! :) Funnily enough, a friend's wife is always horrified at me for using oatmeal on fish. She doesn't do Internet - but you can bet I'll show her your page!

      I'm also surprised that you have Lyle's Syrup in Canada. I don't even remember seeing it when I lived in England... Still - enjoy!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Judi, Hope you enjoy them.

      GoodLady, They're really easy to make and hope you enjoy them.

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      Penelope Hart 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

      You used our favorite syrup! I'd love to try these. Just love oatmeal and syrup and they don't look at all complicated to make successfully first time. Thanks for making it seem so easy. Great instructions. Voting and I'd share and pin if i could but the signs are down at the moment.

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      Judith Hancock 4 years ago from UK

      I've made "Flapjacks" lots of times, but these are slightly different - flour, coconut and baking soda. I'll give it a try, I'm forever buying these kinds of bars to have at break time at work.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Brenda, You're right these would be great to take along on a hike. Hope that you and your family are having a nice Thanksgiving weekend. Always nice to see you.

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      Brenda Barnes 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      The bars sound delicious. I love the story behind the creation also. They would be good to take on a hike. My family loves to hike so I will make some for us or even when we go with the Cub Scouts on one of their hikes. Thanks for the totally original, creative recipe.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Steph, I'm sure you're an awesome wife too :) Hope you enjoy the recipe.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Ruby, If you have a hard time finding the syrup you could always substitute it with a golden or white corn syrup.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Genna, I used Quaker Oats and on the bag of oats it is is printed "LARGE Flake Oats". Not sure if the Quaker Oats come in a bag in the states or not but they do up here. Hope this helps. I'm sure any type of Quaker oats would work.

      Happy Thanksgiving.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      vespawoolf, Hope that you enjoy them.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Lesley, I was disappointed when I saw it was in a jar now. I liked the tin and plan to see if I can find it still in tins somewhere. Thanks and I hope you both enjoy the oatmeal bars.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      ishwaryaa, Thank you for everything!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Randi, I think you could probably use a "golden" corn syrup if you cannot find the Lyle's.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Lipnancy, Eating oatmeal this way is a great way to get some of that daily fibre we all need and it helps to lower cholesterol which is always a plus :)

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      Stephanie Hicks 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Wow - these look amazing and very healthy! As a diabetic, these oatmeal bars will give me some energy without spiking my blood sugar. Can't wait to try them. Maybe I can be an awesome wife too (LOL!) :)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Sounds yummy, I'm not sure if we have that brand of syrup. i've never noticed it before. I will check it out..

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Oats are good for the heart, as is this recipe. I wonder...would the large oat flakes one gets with Quaker cereal work as well? Delicious hub. :-)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      RH, Ah Ha so it was you :)

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      These bars look delicious, and you went through a lot of experimentation to get them just right! I will definitely try this as we love granola bars. Thank you.

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      Lesleysherwood 4 years ago

      I adore Tate and Lyle's Golden Syrup . I also think they should keep the original packaging. That's half the beauty of it. The tin. I loved the build up to this recipe and man, your husband must love you so much. Thank you for another delicious recipe Susan. I will definitely give it a go and let you know if my hubby does approve. lol

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      An engaging recipe hub! I am fond of Nature Valley granola bars. Your hub is packed with detailed instructions and clear step by step photos. The first photo looks tasty. Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up, pinned and shared

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      These look great! I'm not much of a baker but these look doable for me. I wonder what I could substitute if I am unable to get the syrup? Thank you for a great recipe and an enjoyable read! UP+

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      Nancy Yager 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      This sounds like a very healthy treat to me. Thanks for the idea for making oatmeal not so boring.

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Alright, alright it was me. Sorry Susan I ate them:) lol

      I love cookies...they go so perfect with coffee!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      drbj, Gremlins or my sons :) Happy Thanksgiving to you!

      Mhatter, Thanks :) and I hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

      Frank, Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family as well.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Thank you for the oatmeal bars justasksusan and have a wonderful Thanksgiving to you and yours bless you :)

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this journey to a great treat.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      chef, Lyle's is a great syrup isn't it! Hope that you enjoy the Oatmeal bars. They are a tad on the crunchy side, which I probably should have mentioned in my hub itself.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Carol, The syrup is from the UK but I'm pretty sure that I've seen it in the states when I lived there. Hope that you enjoy the Oatmeal bars.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      So the first batch of bars were not quite right, Susan. Guess it must have been Gremlins that did away with all but one that evening.

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      Andrew Spacey 4 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

      Good stuff, oats and golden syrup, right up my street. Coconut is exotic and interesting. I want to try these. The lion on the can says it all - takes me back to the good old days and me cleaning out mother's baking bowl - and there is no taste quite like Tate & Lyle's.

      Voting already.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Sounds good to me...And easy enough. Never heard of that syrup though...Anyway worth a try for sure. Thanks for being an amazing wife..

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