Thursday, January 26, 2012

Homemade Granola Bars

My teenage daughter loves Pinterest just as much as I do.  She confessed that she often visits the site when she's bored or slacking on school work.  Because of Pinterest, many of our conversations have started out like this, "Mommy, I saw this great recipe on Pinterest.  Do you think we could make it this weekend?"

Recently she stumbled upon a homemade granola bar recipe that looked too easy not to make.  This recipe is a great base.  I liked that we were able to play with the ingredients and mix in flavors we both enjoyed.  This recipe is delicious!  I can't wait to make another variation.

2 cups rolled oats
1 cup oat flour(grind rolled oats in food processor until fine)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2/3 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup honey
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup Nutella
1 cup sliced almonds
1 cup raisins

Preheat the oven to 350°F.  Line an 9 by 9-inch pan with parchment paper.  Lightly coat the parchment paper with a non-stick spray.

Stir together all the dry ingredients, including the fruit and nuts.  In a separate bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients.  Combine with the dry ingredients until the mixture is even.  Spread mixture in the prepared pan.  Press the mixture evenly into the pan.   *Be sure to press the ingredients into the pan, so the bars don't crumble!

Bake the bars for 25 minutes or, until they’re a light golden brown.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.  Cut into bars.

*If you are not a fan of Nutella, almonds or raisins, you can replace them for things you like!

recipe adapted from


  1. Looks yummy, Brandi. I love granola bars, especially homemade. It makes a great meal on the go.

  2. Those sound delicious. It will be a great day when my daughter comes to me saying she would like to try something on Pinterest;)

  3. What a fun thing for you two to do together. My oldest daughter likes to bake too so I am excited to try this recipe. Thank you for posting it!

  4. Yum!
    How fun for you to have another Pinterester in your family. My family of boys does not see the appeal of the virtual pinboard. But, of course they'll happily eat any pinned item I make for them.
    I love that these have Nutella in them. I've got the Costco twin pack in my pantry just waiting to be made into granola bars.
    Your bff Teresa
    Hey! Since we're best buds now, we should have a bff name.
    What do you think?
    Are you a little creeped out now? It's okay if you are.
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  5. Oh my gosh this looks and sounds great! We eat a lot of granola in our house and I've always wanted to try and make some from scratch, thanks for sharing the recipe!

  6. I never thought about putting nutella in granola bars....clever....Thanks for Linking up @CountryMommaCooks….Have a wonderful weekend!

  7. this is great! I think I enjoy pinterest the most for the recipes!

  8. Oh my goodness this would be so great for road trip snacks!!! xo

  9. Great idea! I love granola bars but yet to make my own. Hmmmm guess I'll pin this to my board for inspiration. ;)

  10. Homemade granola bars are the best! They look awesome!!! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  11. Nutella in a granola bar? Yummy!

  12. I can only imagine what it would have been like to have Pinterest as a teenager. Oh the things that I would have pinned! haha

    Seriously....I haven't seen these granola bars before. With nutella how could they not be amazing? I'm pinning yours to make soon. The snackers in my house are going to love them.

  13. So-so glad I found your blog, I have been wanting another oat bar recipe, thank you so much for sharing!

  14. Sounds like a keeper, maybe I'll try them this weekend. Thanks!


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