The Best Homemade Granola Bars EVER

I used to think of granola bars as something less than ideal. They were what I grabbed when I woke up late, was running low on groceries, or had no other options.

I mean, they aren’t bad, but I never thought of them as tasty.

Then my sister-in-law let me taste one of her “healthy” homemade bars. I wasn’t too excited and had very low expectations, but one bite, and I was floored!

They were chewy, gooey, crunchy, sweet and savory – all at once! I immediately asked her for the recipe. Now they are something that I make every two weeks (the recipe makes 16 bars).

Every morning I get excited to have my chocolatey oatmeal bar with my coffee. Plus, these bars have fixed 20 years of digestive issues for me! I’ve never felt better.

 

Homemade Granola Bars

5 cups dry oats 

1 cup peanut butter OR almond butter 

1/2 cup honey 

2 tsp cinnamon 

2 tsp vanilla 

1/4 cup slivered almonds 

1 cup milk 

2 TBS ground flaxseed 

Any preferred mix-ins: blueberries, raisins, dried cranberries, dried cherries, sunflower kernels, chopped walnuts, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, coconut, chia seeds, etc. 

Preheat oven to 350.

Combine all ingredients in a bowl.

Press into a greased 9×13 pan with a spatula.

Bake for 18 minutes.

Cool for 20 minutes.

Cut into 16 bars.

Wrap individually with plastic wrap.

Freeze.

Thaw 1-2 at a time as needed.

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