The Best Homemade Granola Bars Ever
Cuisine: American
Author: Janelle
Try having just one! ;)
Ingredients
  • 1-2/3 cups old-fashioned oats
  • ⅓ cup white or whole wheat flour
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup honey (tip: spray measuring cup with cooking spray first so honey doesn’t stick)
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • ⅓ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2-3 cups of mix-ins (your choice): I used: ⅓ cup wheat germ, ⅓ cup flax seeds, ⅔ cup whole almonds, and ½ cup mini chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line a 9×13″ baking pan with parchment paper. Make sure to leave a few inches of paper hanging over the sides (this will help tremendously when you remove the baked bars from the pan)
  3. Combine the dry ingredients: oats, flour, salt, cinnamon, dry mix-ins as desired (wheat germ, flax seeds, almonds, mini chocolate chips)
  4. In a separate bowl, combine wet ingredients: honey, brown sugar, oil, mashed bananas, peanut butter, vanilla extract
  5. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, mixing well until combined
  6. Pour mixture into baking dish, making sure to spread evenly throughout the pan. Press the mixture down with a spatula to make sure it is firm and packed
  7. Bake for 35 – 40 minutes or until golden brown on top
  8. Cool completely in pan
  9. Once cool, slice into bars of desired size
  10. Store in airtight container in refrigerator to retain crispiness
Recipe by the chic brûlée at http://thechicbrulee.com/2012/02/07/the-best-homemade-granola-bars-ever/