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Fruit Granola Bars, or “everything is homemade now”

April 11, 2009

I was kicking around the house the other day, not sure what I felt like doing, and I declared that I was going to make some granola bars. My husband’s response was “everything is homemade now.” I’m not sure if he meant that as a good thing or not, but I’ll take it as a compliment.

I looked over the recipes I had bookmarked and picked this one on Becky’s Satisfying My Sweet Tooth blog. What sold me on this recipe was that it includes cinnamon chips and I had a bag of them that I hadn’t opened yet. I tried a few and wow! They are really tasty. Becky’s recipe was inspired by one in the Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics cookbook. My inspiration was Becky’s version. So that means I’m two degrees of separation from Ina Garten, right? I better stay by the phone in case she invites me to dinner!

These turned out great and I’ll definitely be making them again. They’re really chewy and the cinnamon chips add a great flavor. My husband’s review? He ate one and said “It tastes just like a granola bar. One from the store.” I’ll take that as a compliment.

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A few notes:

  • The dried fruit I used was what I had in the pantry. It’s easy to change the fruit based on what you have and what you like. 
  • I know that the Eggo syrup sounds weird. I just really like how it tastes, so I subbed syrup for half of the honey. You might want to use all honey.
  • The crushed Fiber One cereal was a replacement for wheat bran, which I didn’t have. I don’t know if this was a good substitute, but it seemed reasonable.
  • I wasn’t sure what size pan to use; I guess it depends on how thick you want them. I used a 10×15 pan but spread the bars to cover about 3/4 of the pan. A 9×13 pan would make thicker bars.

Two Degrees of Separation from Ina Fruit Granola Bars

2 cups oats
1 cup slivered almonds
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 c crushed Fiber One cereal
3 T unsalted butter
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup Eggo brand lite pancake syrup 
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup dates, chopped
1/2 cup dried mango, chopped
1/2 cup cinnamon chips

Preheat oven to 350.

Mix oats, almonds, and coconut together in a pan with sides (see notes about pan size). Bake, stirring occasionally until lightly browned, about 12 minutes.

Reduce oven temperature to 300. Line the pan with parchment paper.

Transfer the mixture into a large mixing bowl and add crushed cereal.

In a small saucepan, melt honey, syrup, butter, and brown sugar. Stir in vanilla and salt. Pour over oat mixture. Add dried fruit and cinnamon chips and mix well. Pour mixture into the parchment-lined pan and press evenly. 

Bake at 300 for 25 minutes. Cool slightly before cutting into bars and cool completely before serving.

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3 comments

  1. Yum. I love making my own granola bars.


  2. I just made granola bars for the first time a few months ago. They are easy and so much better than store-bought.

    Although, isn’t everything better homemade?


  3. I love the husband comment of “everything is homemade now” hahahah.. That sounds like something mine would say!



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