Wholesome Granola Bars

This week I had to head out of town for a business trip. When I travel, I’m often thrown off balance by the pre-selected conference meals provided as I can’t always follow my regular routine. Meal times are usually less than ideal and the meal selection is often standard fare and can be limited in variety.  

So, before leaving for my trip this week, I made sure to pack quite a few of these Wholesome Granola Bars.  It’s always good to travel with a stash of wholesome snacks when you’re away from the comforts of home.   

On Thursday, these babies really came in handy. We had eaten an early lunch and our dinner was scheduled for 6:30 pm.  Just before heading out to an evening meeting, I shared a few of the bars with my colleagues and they were thrilled to have a healthy snack on hand to tide them over until dinner.  The best part… This flavorful, grainy bar provided a healthy choice over other tempting  fast food favorites.  The whole grains in the recipe deliver long lasting energy that really helps when you need a little something to give you a boost. Make sure to individually wrap the bars to lock in moisture and freshness.


Wholesome Granola Bars

3 1/4 cups old fashioned oats

3/4 cup crispy rice cereal

2/3 cup whole wheat flour

3 tablespoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

2/3 cup honey

1/3 cup canola oil

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly spray a 13×9″ baking pan with cooking spray.  In a large bowl, stir together the dry ingredients.  Stir in the honey, oil, and vanilla; mix thoroughly until all ingredients are combined.  Evenly press mixture into prepared pan.  Bake 20-25 minutes or until light golden brown.



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18 thoughts on “Wholesome Granola Bars

  1. I always have a bunch of kids here (beside my 3 hehe) and the ever-hungry-I-am-starving-I-am going-to-die-if-I-don’t-eat-food-NOW it’s all to familiar, I should make granola bars more often. Perfect quick and easy snacks!

    Thanks for sharing this recipe

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    • I too, had lots of other kids at my house when my kids were growing up. These bars are always great to keep in the car when you’re driving kids from one event to the next. Helps you to keep on track and stay out of the fast food drive thru. Neighborhood kids always love them and I’m constantly sharing the recipe. Enjoy! 🙂

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    • They certainly are yummy, Paula… Nutritious too. I’ve even added a little peanut butter to the recipe. My kids love peanut butter. I’ll check out your blog to see what your up to. Thanks for stopping by.

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    • These bars have a little bit of whole wheat flour but you can substitute oat flour and you’ll get the same results. Also, you can substitute coconut oil for canola oil to add the the healthy makeup.

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    • Yes and everyone really seems to enjoy them… I always get rave reviews when I offer this tasty bar as a breakfast item or midday snack! Thanks for your valued comment… Have a great day!

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  2. Hi Linda,
    Yours is the first blog I’ve found where I love every recipe. It’s because all of your recipes are easy to make and have simple ingredients. I’m not an accomplished cook by a long shot, so it’s great to discover recipes that are easy enough for even me to make. Thank you for sharing!

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    • Gosh, what a nice comment! I thank you for your kind words.
      I’m all about easy… Life is too short to busy myself with complicated recipes. I truly value passing on basic recipes to my children and family and I want them to know that this blog is about sharing a love of good food, family, and special memories.
      Thanks again for your valued comment. I so appreciate your positive feedback!

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