Homemade (Better than Nature Valley!) Granola Bars

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What kid doesn’t like a really good granola bar? OK, maybe there are some kids who don’t, but what if they could make the granola bars themselves and add their favorite ingredients to make it even better? I’m betting they might just decide they love granola bars after all.

This week’s Cooking With Kids recipe is almost too simple, yet the results are fantastic. It’s also a recipe that is very easy to sub Gluten Free/Allergy Friendly ingredients if needed. They last up to a week in an airtight container, making it super easy to make on the weekend and have ready for snacks all week long!

Ready to get started? Check the recipe below for your list of ingredients and then follow these simple steps to make your own homemade granola bars.Homemade Granola Bars recipe

First, dump ALL the ingredients together in a mixer. (Don’t you just love how easy that sounds…ALL of them!)

If your job is to work the mixer, then be sure you do it with style like Sophia does. 🙂Homemade Granola Bars recipe

Don’t forget to add in any of your favorite ingredients like chocolate chips, nuts, etc. Sophia chose craisins, so that’s what we added.Homemade Granola Bars recipe

If you’re taking pictures, take one of it mixing. That always looks really cool.Homemade Granola Bars recipe

Spread the granola mix out on your baking sheet, making sure to keep it about the same thickness all the way across.Homemade Granola Bars recipe

Once it’s done, cut it while it’s still warm because once it cools it’s crunchy and harder to cut. We actually used a pizza cutter which made it really easy to cut into “bars.”Homemade Granola Bars recipe

There you have it. Super easy to make homemade granola bars! What special ingredients will you be adding?

Bon Appetite!

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Homemade (Better than Nature Valley!) Granola Bars
Recipe type: snack, cooking with kids
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Serves: 12
  • 1½ cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup coconut (shredded)
  • ½ cup flour (can sub ground flax or GF flour)
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil (can sub coconut oil)
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup honey (can sub agave or maple syrup)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  1. Mix everything together in a bowl.
  2. Once mixed, spread the mix evenly on a baking sheet (or cookie sheet) into about a 12 x 8 inch rectangle.
  3. Bake at 325 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until the edges are toasted brown.
  4. Cut the rectangle in half lengthwise, then into 6 bars width wise (12 bars total) while still hot from the oven. (Adult help may be needed for this.)
  5. Let the bars cool on the pan.
  6. Separate once they're cool enough to touch and have hardened.
  7. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.


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3 People have left comments on this post

» Shani said: { Apr 9, 2013 - 08:04:28 }

Convinced me! Tomorrow we are using leftover mini chocolate chips from a birthday recipe, pecans and Craisins….um, will be hard to wait. 🙂

» Karee
said: { Apr 10, 2013 - 10:04:12 }

Sounds perfect! Enjoy!

» Lisa Holcomb said: { Apr 10, 2013 - 07:04:16 }

I can’t wait to try these. Thanks Miss Sophia!

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