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Healthy Homemade Granola Bars with Coconut Oil

Updated on February 10, 2017
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"I Can't Believe It's Healthy" Homemade Granola Bars Recipe

These healthy homemade granola bars use all natural ingredients, including coconut oil, flax meal and agave...plus, they don't have to bake, so they are fast and easy!

Have you ever taken your favorite not-so-healthy recipes and substituted the ingredients to make them oh-so-wholesome? That's how I came up with these delicious healthy homemade granola bars with no corn syrup or refined sugar. They are also no-bake, so there is no need to heat up your kitchen on a hot day. So easy and delicious, you'll never believe these are good for you! You and your kids will love these healthy homemade granola bars!

A Healthy Snack Kids Love!

Is making healthier meals and snacks one of your New Year's Resolutions for 2013? Scroll down to try this recipe! It is delicious, healthy, so easy to make...and my kids beg for it!

A Quick Note About This Granola Bar Recipe

Healthy Homemade Granola Bar Recipe

This is my own original recipe. If you re-post it somewhere, please link back to this page. Please do not use the photos. Thank you!

What We Eat

We are indeed much more than what we eat, but what we eat can nevertheless help us to be much more than what we are. --Adelle Davis

Ingredients

Healthy and Delicious!

Ingredients for Healthy Homemade Granola Bars

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1/2 cup natural crunchy peanut butter

1/4 cup agave nectar (or real honey)

2 Tbsp. coconut oil

1 cup oats

1/2 cup low-fat granola

1/3 cup sunflower seeds

1/3 cup raisins (or dried cranberries)

2 Tbsp. milled flaxseed

1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions

Fast and Easy!

1. In a saucepan, heat the peanut butter, agave nectar, and coconut oil over low to medium heat, stirring often - until all melted together.

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2. In a medium mixing bowl, dump the remaining ingredients (except for the chocolate chips) and mix.

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3. Pour peanut butter mixture into the dry mixture and mix with spatula until well incorporated. - Let cool for 10 minutes or chocolate chips will melt.

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4. Now you can add the chocolate chips and fold them in to the mixture.

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5. Press mixture into an ungreased square baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for 2 hours.

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6. Cut into 8 bars and serve one with a glass of milk. The perfect snack!

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Printable Recipe

"I Can't Believe It's Healthy" Homemade Granola Bars

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 2 hours
  • Ready in: 2 hours 15 min
  • Yields: 8

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup natural crunchy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar (or real honey)
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup low-fat granola
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 cup raisins (or dried cranberries)
  • 2 Tbsp. whole or milled flaxseed
  • 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan, heat the peanut butter, agave nectar, and coconut oil over low to medium heat, stirring often until the peanut butter is melted and the ingredients are well mixed (only about 2 minutes). Remove from heat.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, dump the remaining ingredients (except for the chocolate chips) and mix.
  3. Pour peanut butter mixture into the dry mixture and mix with spatula until well incorporated. Let cool for 10 minutes.
  4. After mixture has cooled a little, fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Press mixture into an ungreased square baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for 2 hours.
  6. Cut into 8 bars and serve one with a glass of milk. The perfect snack!
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Substitutions

Substitutions for Healthy Homemade Granola Bars

Try substituting these other healthy ingredients

IF YOU DON'T HAVE...

- ...Agave nectar, you can use real honey. This will make them taste even sweeter.

- ...Coconut oil, use olive oil...or even vegetable oil, although it's not as good for you.

- ...Peanut butter, use almond butter...or any other kind of nut butter. All-natural is best!

- ...Raisins, try dried cranberries or any other kind of dried fruit. You can even skip this ingredient if you want!

- ...Oats, add 1 cup of granola.

- ...Granola, add 1/2 cup of oats!

- ...Chocolate chips, try butterscotch chips or carob!

- ...Milled flax seed, leave it out...or if you have whole flaxseeds, mill them yourself in a coffee grinder.

Experiment by substituting your own combinations of healthy ingredients...see what you can come up with!

A FEW TIPS when making Healthy Homemade Granola Bars

1. Coconut oil is solid in cooler temps and liquid when warmed up, so if you refrigerate these, they stay nice and firm. If you leave them on the counter, or use a different type of oil, they'll be a bit gooier.

2. If you don't want to use your stovetop, microwave your peanut butter until it's a thin, runny consistency and then add in your agave nectar and oil and mix them together. Only microwave peanut butter in short 15 second segments, stirring in between, until the desired consistency is reached. Peanut butter will burn in the microwave if it's nuked for too long!

3. You might want to double the recipe and make it in a 9 x 13 cake pan...these granola bars tend to disappear fast!

Benefits of Coconut Oil

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Why Use Coconut Oil when making Healthy Homemade Granola Bars? - Health Benefits Galore!

Recently, I was talking with someone about this granola bar recipe and she questioned the "healthy" part of the title. It seems that there are some misconceptions about coconut oil that I'd like to briefly address. I have included some links to other resources on the web if you would like to look into this more thoroughly.

The healthy benefits of coconut oil are numerous and it is smart to start using this heart-healthy oil in your cooking and baking! Here are just some of the wonderful things coconut oil can do for you.

Information courtesy of the Coconut Research Center.

  • Supports your immune system.
  • Kills viruses, bacteria, fungi and yeast in your body.
  • Improves your digestion system and your bowel function.
  • Increases energy and endurance.
  • Protects against certain cancers, including breast and colon.
  • Protects your gums and teeth from disease.
  • Improves cholesterol and decreases the risk of heart disease.
  • Reduces inflammation and supports the repair and healing of tissue.
  • Dissolves kidney stones and helps relieve gallbladder disease symptoms.
  • Protects against osteoporosis.
  • Helps with symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
  • Aids in weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight.
  • ...and SO much more!

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Will you be trying these healthy homemade granola bars? - I'd love to hear how they turned out, especially if you used substitutions!

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      Soesty 2 weeks ago

      Better stick with the honey... agave not too healthy a choice !!

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great recipe. I've been eating granola for 3.5 months now for an extra energy boost. I would love to give this a go--love those substitutes, too! Voted up!

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      Squifoodie 4 years ago

      I love granola bars! I've never made them myself, but I think I may try it out! Thanks!

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      Ean Brandon 4 years ago from United States

      These look amazing! Looks like my next camping trip I will have homemade granola bars!! woot!

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      yourlocalpt 4 years ago

      I always searching for a new healthy recipe thanks for your post about Healthy homemade granola bars recipe. i think its good.

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      ItsTimeToBurn 4 years ago

      Bookmarked! I'm trying these this weekend with your recipe. Thanks!

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      Mobley5 4 years ago

      So coconut oil is healthy? Very informative - thank you!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      the chocolate you are using is full of proccessed junk why not use some more nautral chocolate or dark ?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I make something similar to this, but I roll mine into balls. I love all the good stuff you added to them. Your substitution list was great.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I still haven't tried your recipes, but they looks so good that I might have to. :)

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      My mom may try these homemade granola bars :)

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      AlleyCatLane 4 years ago

      Interesting! I always heard coconut oil was bad for you too. Glad to know it is Ok and even beneficial.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I still haven't made this recipe - but I must! I have the coconut oil, so that's a good start, right?

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      Judith Nazarewicz 4 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

      What great recipe! I'll be trying these granola bars this week! thanks so much!

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      BarbaraCasey 4 years ago

      This looks like a great recipe and a good way to get away from store-boughten granola bars.

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      malena10 4 years ago

      Looks tasty! And I must say, I use coconut oil almost 2 years now and it is great! Only coconut and olive oil in my kitchen!

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      Brandi 4 years ago from Maryland

      @iijuan12: Please let me know how they turn out! :)

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      iijuan12 4 years ago from Florida

      These look yummy! My girls will be so excited to help me make these!

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      queenofduvetcover 5 years ago

      Looks yummy!

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      lilblackdress lm 5 years ago

      Looks very tasty!

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      KittySmith 5 years ago

      Great lens, and good for me, too!

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      These look tasty. I don't buy granola bars from the shops because they are full of corn syrup etc, and do you more harm than good. I think we just might try this recipe, nicely done.

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      GeekGirl1 5 years ago

      Great lens.

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      No, I am not keen on these type of foods. This is a great lens and nice recipes. Featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012 and also on Squidoo Cooks. Hugs

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      Einar A 5 years ago

      Stopping back by to give you a "high five" on this excellent and tasty lens!

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      Morgannafay 5 years ago

      I'll most certainly try them! Hey, they are no bake granola bars after all. LOL Great for those lazy cooking days. :)

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      AnimalHouse 5 years ago

      I will try this granola recipe.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes we will! I've never used coconut oil before. Does it have a lot of flavor?

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      SamMargulies 5 years ago

      Well done!

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      I'm going to try them. We'll see how they turn out. Just in case, why not send me a batch so I can compare them as I wait for mine? :) Congrats on the purple star also.

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      SophiaStar LM 5 years ago

      These look tasty! Lots of great information too. Congratulations on the purple star:)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      wow. this looks healthy

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      Terrie_Schultz 5 years ago

      These look great!

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      Missmerfaery444 5 years ago

      Yum! Congrats on your purple star, the recipe sounds great!

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      traveller27 5 years ago

      These look great. Congrats on the Purple Star!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I might make these. I don't eat a lot of granola bars but these sound pretty tasty!

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      jolou 5 years ago

      Anything homemade tastes better, and we control the ingredients. These sound really good!

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      Rob Hemphill 5 years ago from Ireland

      You can't beat healthy granola bars, I've enjoyed them for years, but never had homemade ones - must try your recipe!

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      clouda9 lm 5 years ago

      Definitely! These healthy, homemade granola bars are a must try. Must share that one of my fave lensmasters created Agasweet, an organic agave nectar (http://www.squidoo.com/agasweet :) that would be perfecto for this granola recipe. *Blessed today for the original recipe and all its supporting information.

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      ChrissLJ 5 years ago

      One of my coworkers makes almond, oatmeal, blackberry granola bears and brings them in a few times per year. It has completely ruined me for the commercial brands. Don't tell her, but I go back for seconds... thirds... and fourths. =0)

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      Dusan8 5 years ago

      I will try them, another great lens!

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      Great recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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      Delia 5 years ago

      Great recipes! and a very nice lens...Thanks for sharing, I will try them....

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      SoniaCarew 5 years ago

      I love granola bars! And your recipe seems yummy and easy, so I will try it.

      Another great lens!

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      DIY Mary 5 years ago

      Your recipe sounds great! I love your idea of taking something delicious but not so healthy and turning it into something nutritious by substituting different ingredients.

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      Heidi 5 years ago from Benson, IL

      Nice...I never thought of making my own granola bars until now.

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      Diane Cass 5 years ago from New York

      I have made my own granola, but never granola bars. I will try this recipe. It looks yummy!

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      Einar A 5 years ago

      Yes, I'm going to try these! I use coconut oil in a lot of my cooking and baking, and this is a great-looking recipe. Great looking family you've got, too. :) I might try using almond butter, for variety.

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      flicker lm 5 years ago

      This recipe sounds great! I love coconut oil.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing; I do believe I will give this recipe a whirl.

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      poutine 5 years ago

      Followed this backlink from Marsha's Spot.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      My kids love granola bars. Nice to know how to make my own. Blessed!

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      jballs6 5 years ago

      Wow they look yummy! Might give them a go. Great lens x

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      Mark Falco 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      I will try this. There's so much garbage in store bought food these days it pays to make your own if you value your health and I bet they taste way better too.

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      nophie lm 5 years ago

      looks like yummy to eat

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      MagicBeanDip 5 years ago

      These sound great!

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      Two Crafty Paws 5 years ago

      Just what I need! I eat tons of these (market ones) as I am on the field quite a lot. I never thought to make them myself.

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      pcgamehardware 5 years ago

      Sounds great! Can't wait to try it...

      Nice lens with a simple but yummy sounding recipe.

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      kimark421 5 years ago

      Mmmm...they look yummy!

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      djroll 5 years ago

      I can't wait to make these. Granola bars are my favorite breakfast item.

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      Senora M 5 years ago

      great lens!! looks yummy!!

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      BusyMOM LM 5 years ago

      great lens and will definitely try out your recipe. I also use Coconut oil for cooking and baking. Thanks for getting the word out about it.

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      Gloria Freeman 5 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi I am into easy recipe ,I do not like slaving over a hot stove.I will have to give these a try.Thanks for the recipe.

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      We really enjoy homemade granola bars but it's been a while since I made any.

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      APackageAtTheDoor 5 years ago

      This recipe looks yummy! And we're big fans of coconut oil. Our cat even likes it! Thanks!

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      ScareYouDiva 5 years ago

      Great looking-recipe. I'm eager to try making my own bars now

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      Delicious lens! Thank you. :-)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      Oh, wow! This looks so easy and I am certain my family would enjoy your recipe. Thanks!

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      WorkitSmart 5 years ago

      I love to make homemade granola so I bet the granola bars are yummy.

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      AQuintinSmith 5 years ago from Paradise on Earth

      Yummy.

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      @JoleneBelmain: You're welcome ~ Thanks for visiting! ;)

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      @Johanna Eisler: Oh, good! I love to hear how others adapt this recipe to their needs. Please let me know how the sulfite-free version turns out! :)

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      @Showpup LM: I love granola bars, too! I was so excited to find out that I could make them on my own so easily. Please let me know if you try them out! :)

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      @GypsyPirate LM: They are easy! I hope you decide to try them! :) Thanks for visiting!

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      GypsyPirate LM 5 years ago

      Yum - these look awesome! And, you make it sound as if they are easy enough for even me to try to make. (And I think I will!)

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      Showpup LM 5 years ago

      Wonderful recipe and wonderful lens. I'm especially appreciative of the step by step photos and the printable version. I'm a granola bar junkie. It's about time I save some money and make my own. This could be fun!

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      I haven't made it yet, but I just know my sulfite-sensitive husband is going to love this recipe. I'll have to adapt it to his needs (substituting sulfite-free dried fruits for the raisins), but that's what makes this recipe so wonderful - its flexibility! Thank you so much from both of us!

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      JoleneBelmain 5 years ago

      Looks very delicious and nutritious :) Thank-you for sharing your recipe!

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      @ecogranny: Yes, the 2 lenses are perfect together! Please let me know if you try them out this week. I'd love to hear from you! :)

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      @blanckj: It's hard to believe these are healthy, but they are! And delicious! I'd love to hear from you if you try them out! :)

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      @AlleyCatLane: Please let me know if you do! :)

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      @Monika Weise: Thanks! So glad you stopped by! :)

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      @franstan lm: Thanks for stopping by! Let me know if you try the recipe, would love to hear from you! :)

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      @Franksterk: Frankster, please let me know how you like it after you try them out! I'd love to hear from you! :)

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      @Franksterk: Thank you so much for the blessing! That is very exciting! :)

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      @anonymous: Thanks so much! Would love to hear from you if you try these out! :)

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      @anonymous: Thank you so much! Let me know if you try them out! :)

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      @LasgalenArts: I would love to hear from you after you make them. Have fun and enjoy! They are delicious! :)

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      LasgalenArts 5 years ago

      I am going to try these tomorrow for sure. It's one o'clock in the morning here right now and I'd make them now if I wasn't worried of waking everyone up. Great lens too. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Big fan of granola bars.

      You did a very nice job with this lens.

      Very well presented! BG

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Love recipe and beautiful lens.

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      Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

      Oh, and one more thing... Blessed. Bear hugs, Frankster

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      Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

      Oh Yum, Yum. I've printed this great sounding recipe and will be making it this weekend. I even have all of the ingredients. Thanks for sharing. Bear hugs, Frankster

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      franstan lm 5 years ago

      Yummy lens. I love granola bars.

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      Monika Weise 5 years ago from Indianapolis, IN USA

      Loved the pictures on this one! Thanks for the recipe.

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      AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

      Looks good. I'll have to try these.

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      blanckj 5 years ago

      I love healthy goodies. Thanks for sharing such a tasty lens.

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      Kathryn Grace 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you so much for featuring my homemade granola recipe on your lens. Our recipes seem perfectly paired. Btw, Sharon loves granola bars, so this week, I'm trying out your recipe.

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      Brandi 6 years ago from Maryland

      @PNWtravels: Let me know how you like it! :)

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      Brandi 6 years ago from Maryland

      @theoxingyi lm: Glad you like it! Thanks for stopping by! :)