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Honey Oat Granola Bars

Honey Oat Granola bars combine quality ingredients into the ease of a granola bar. Granola bars come in all shapes and sizes and making them at home allows you to customize the ingredients. It also provides the peace of mind of know exactly what you’ve put into the bars– no funny, long chemical-looking words that you can’t pronounce.

three Honey Oat Granola Bars stacked next to a spoon of honey

 For these granola bars I partnered with Sprouts Farmers Market and visited my local store in Colorado, one of more than 200 stores across the United States.

I enjoyed shopping in the bulk food section which was filled with nuts and dried fruits. There were so many options I had trouble narrowing down my ingredient list! The aisles offered staples that I added to my pantry including the organic honey highlighted in these granola bars.

For those of you who need certified gluten free items, the bulk section is not the safest place to shop. Contamination is possible. You would be better off buying your ingredients packaged and Sprouts has plenty of options in that category too.

With summer break quickly approaching and outdoor adventures calling, making these granola bars at home is a nice way to involve your family in preparing healthy snacks to refuel you along the way.

Granola bars pack well for road trips, picnics and visits to the pool. Add your family’s favorite ingredients like dried fruit, different nuts and even a sweet bite from chocolate chips. Wrap them individually in parchment paper and store in an air-tight container.

What’s your go-to combination for granola bars? Let me know if you make a batch at home for your family! I love making homemade Aussie bites– have you tried them? Get the recipe here. Another gluten free recipe for cookies and bars is this recipe for hermit bars. Which one will you try first?

Baking with honey is a great alternative to using granulated sugar. Try these recipes with honey too: Honey Oatmeal Muffins and Honey Spice Bread. 

Here are more granola recipes you’ll enjoy!

Yield: 10

Honey Oat Granola Bars with #Sprouts

Honey Oat Granola Bars with #Sprouts

Honey Oat Granola bars combine quality ingredients into the ease of a granola bar. Granola bars come in all shapes and sizes and making them at home allows you to customize the ingredients.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cup oats
  • ½ cup walnuts or almonds
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup almond butter (or peanut butter)
  • ¼ cup honey plus 1 tsp honey
  • 8-10 Medjool dates (about 6 oz), pitted

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8 x 8 baking dish with parchment paper. Let the edges overhang such that you will use them to lift the bars out of the dish after baking.
  2. Toss the oats, walnuts and sunflower seeds together. Place them on a baking tray and into the oven for 10 minutes. The mixture will become lightly browned and fragrant. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  3. In a small food processor combine the almond butter, the ¼ cup honey and the pitted Medjool dates. Pulse until the dates are in small pieces and the mixture is well blended.
  4. In a mixing bowl combine the oat mixture with the honey mixture. Mix with a wooden spoon or spatula until well combined.
  5. Press the granola mixture into the prepared baking dish. Use a spatula or the bottom of a glass to gently press the mixture evenly into the pan. Spread it to the edges.
  6. Drizzle the remaining 1 teaspoon of honey over top of the granola mixture. Brush it over the surface with a small brush or spread it with the back of a spoon.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove and let cool in the pan. Once cooled, lift with the edges of the parchment to remove the bars from the dish. Cut into 10 rectangular bars or into 16-20 smaller squares.

Notes

Customize the ingredients to suit your preferences.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 232Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 195mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 4gSugar: 24gProtein: 5g

This data was provided by Nutrionix and is an estimate only.

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Thanks to Sprouts Farmers Market for sponsoring this post. I am so pleased to collaborate with them on this recipe. Please note that all opinions are my own.
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Starla

Thursday 26th of May 2016

These look and sound great! I have never tried making my own granola bars!

Holly F

Thursday 2nd of June 2016

I think you'll find making granola bars at home so easy! You can be creative with your ingredient list and use what you have on hand.

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Monday 23rd of May 2016

Great granola bars! Made granola last week, but I've never made granola bars! Can you believe it? Love Sprouts. They opened a nice new one, not far from here. In case you ever cross I25!

Holly F

Thursday 2nd of June 2016

It's funny, Abbe, I rarely make granola on its own-- just granola bars. I'll have to switch it up now and then.

Barbara | Creative Culinary

Monday 23rd of May 2016

I make granola off and on...mostly when I'm reminded of how much I love it; so you get my thanks for that! This recipe sounds terrific; I'm going to have to try it.

Holly F

Monday 23rd of May 2016

Thanks, Barb! Nice to hear from you, hope all is well.

Karen Harris

Monday 23rd of May 2016

I used to make granola and granola bars frequently. For the life of my I don't know why I stopped. You have inspired to pull the oats and nuts back out of the pantry. Love your recipe.

Holly F

Monday 23rd of May 2016

You are right, Karen, I get into patterns like that too. I make something again and again for months, then, all of the sudden stop and can't figure out why. I guess we all go through cycles with food. Granola would be a good one to pick up again!