Homemade Granola Bars


  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup pretzels, chopped
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/4 dried cranberries (or dried blueberries or raisins)
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts (pecans or almonds), optional
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a 9×13 inch baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl mix oats, cake mix, pretzels, chocolate chips, cranberries, nuts, sugars, and salt.
  3. In a small bowl stir oil, maple syrup, vanilla and egg until blended. Pour over oat mixture and toss until combined.
  4. Press mixture evenly in prepared baking pan and bake for about 25 minutes until golden brown, don’t overbake.
  5. Cool completely on a wire rack before cutting into squares.
  6. Store in an airtight container.