These easy to make sweet and salty homemade granola bars are great for school lunches or to enjoy for an afternoon snack with a tall glass of milk.
When it comes to granola, I love digging around for the big chunky clusters of granola goodness in the jar. I often find myself nibbling on granola throughout the day, sometimes too much. As I’m shoveling granola in my mouth, my mind wanders and before I know it, half the jar is gone.
Please tell me I’m not the only one that does that.
I love granola bars because I get everything I enjoy about granola all in one compact bar. They are great for on the go, to toss in lunches or afternoon snacks. In the middle of the day granola always seems like a good pick me up. Some people like them soft and chewy, while others like them hard and crunchy. I prefer a granola bar that falls right in the middle, not to soft and not to hard. If you’re like me, these are a granola bar you’ll want to try.
I have played with a variety of flavors and textures, and this always seems to be my favorite combination, a little sweet and salty. I like to use mini chocolate chips opposed to large chips so they are not overwhelming. Each bite you get a variety of flavors. You’ll also find in these chewy dried cranberries, but you could also use dried blueberries or raisins instead. Chopped walnuts and pretzels are added for a little salty crunch. My secret to these is using a little yellow cake mix. It doesn’t give it a cakey taste, it really blends nicely in the mix. With granola, you can omit or add what you like, the possibilities are endless. Give this a try and you may just find yourself leaving the store bought ones on the shelf.
What you need
Old fashioned rolled oats
Yellow cake mix
Mini chocolate chips
Dried cranberries (or blueberries or raisins)
Walnuts (or pecans or almonds)
Pure maple syrup
Step one: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a 9×13 inch baking pan with parchment paper and set aside. In a large bowl combine the dry ingredients.
Step two: In a small bowl mix wet ingredients.
Step three: Pour wet ingredients into dry and mix until combined.
Step four: Press mixture evenly in prepared baking pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown, don’t over bake. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack before cutting. Store in an airtight container or cut into individual squares and wrap in saran wrap to grab for on the go.