By ~jb4~ on January 29, 2003
Photo by Yia Yia
Photo by Yia Yia
"My husband found this recipe, we made them for his marathon and he loved them. I have substituted peanuts, for the walnuts and omitted the raisins and they still taste great. Chewy yet crunchy."
Serving Size: 1 (1018 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 1
"The first time I reviewed this I did not understand how to write a review...this was my first. These are better than the ones in the store...very chewy and full of the good stuff. They are easy to make and they keep well. Thank you jb4!!!!"
"I've made these twice now- the first time I thought they were way too sweet, more like a cookie type bar. The kids loved them though, and they are pretty healthy, a lot more healthy than most cookies. The second time, I cut the brown sugar back to 1/4 cup. I also used whole wheat pastry four, dried blueberries, and cut the oil to 1/2 cup, subbing plain applesauce. These came out perfect for me, and I don't think anyone else noticed. OH- I also added a couple tbs of ground flax seed. Yummy AND healthy! Thanks for posting!"
"These are great! I made some modifications, not as a criticism, but because I didn't have some of the ingredients. I mention this so you won't be afraid to try these if you've got a reasonable substitution. I subbed flax seed for the wheat germ and dried blueberries for the raisins. I also cut mine before they got too cool and got 12 very nice bars. I'll make them next with almonds! Thanks!"
"OOOHH absolutely love them! i replaced the raisins with dried cranberries and it tasted awesome. i like the chewy texture and all the good stuff inside. its much better than those store-bought bars and you can play always play around with a variety of ingredients. one bar gives you sufficient amt of energy! this is a sure keeper!"
"These are great! I've tried using dried fruit bits instead of just raisins and also various nuts instead of just walnuts. I've also added coconut to the mixture but I think it dried it out too much so they became a little more crumbly. And make sure to let them cool completely before cutting, that is very important."
"Very tasty. I was digging for a oat bar recipe that didn't have applesauce which my usual does, and came across this. Followed recipe as is, there are a bit sweet for my taste, by DS ate 2 right out of the pan. Great basic recipe, will make again, maybe taking out some of the brown sugar and adding more fruits. Have to try adding some peanut butter too! Thanks for posting!!"
"WOW! These granola bars were chewy and delicious. For a healthy version they stayed together wonderfully and tasted delicious!"
"I like them and my 2 year old loves them. I used almonds and almond extract (i was out of vanilla). Big healthy hit for my picky eater."
"Delicious and very filling. Will definitely make again."
"We loved these. I changed them up a bit. I used half wheat germ and half corn bran because that's what I had. I also skipped the raisins. During the last part of baking, I put about a fourth a cup of chocolate chips on top. When I got them out, I spread the chocolate over the top. They tasted like cookies, but better for you. We ate them for desserts."
"I have made these a lot w/ all sorts of variations of dried fruit and nuts. Thanks for a great recipe."
"Real tasty granola bars - have to stop myself from eating the whole thing!! :)"
"These were good. I'll have to experiment a littl b/c mine were a little dry but delicious none the less. Thanks."
"Great recipe. I made this recipe twice and sent it to my friend who also loved it. I substituted in whole wheat flour for part of the all purpose flour and wheat germ. One thing NOT to do: do not throw in wheat berries to substitute for nuts as they will be way too hard. Had to throw that batch out."
"I thought these had real potential to be creative with! I used whole wheat flour, flax for the wheat germ-no raisins or walnuts. I also used applesauce for the oil & omitted the salt. I used Splenda & Splenda brown sugar to cut down on those nasty sugar carbs! I actually used less sugar than what was called for, so next time I'll add a little more :-). I should have added some mini choc chips for some more flavor but to save this batch I spread a little natural creamy PB on top. Loved the texture, too! They didn't fall apart at all like I've had happen with other granola bar recipes. Will keep & play with this one!"
"Original comments 1/11/07: Wanted to add a couple of notes.... A double batch works nicely in a jelly roll pan. These freeze _really_ well. Don't eat too many in one day. *wink* Also, I ran out of honey when I was making my double batch; didn't make note of just how much molasses was substituted--about 1/4c to 1/3c of the 1c honey I needed is my best guess. Mine is organic blackstrap molasses if that makes a difference to anybody. Anyway, made it much stickier while trying to spread in pan and I'm glad I didn't have to use any more molasses than I did as there's just a slight kick of an aftertaste. Not bad, just that it ended up about on the line as far as enough vs. too much. *grin* My cooking time for the double batch in the jelly roll was about the same as a single batch in a 13x9. I'm sure variations in ovens will effect that for others. Additional comments 7/20/07: We actually prefer the granola bars with that bit of molasses, they seem too sweet with just the honey. *lol* Also, this last batch we replaced the walnuts (which we've never used anyway) with 1/4c. flax seed and 1/4c. poppy seed. Gave the bars a nutty flavor that is quite pleasant. Another variation we've tried, though didn't personally care for, was using chopped dried apples and dried cranberries. Maybe if we'd rehydrated them first and adjusted seasonings accordingly...."
"Good, but chewier than I expected. Nice for a quick breakfast."
"I made a batch this afternoon. Oh wow! These have to be the best bars I have had in a longtime. I used craisins and finely chopped pecans (personal taste preference). These bars will become a standard in my backpack. And my picky husband loves them. And thanks for a bar recipe that doesn't contain corn syrup!"
"Love them! I've been buying the organic granola bars from the health food section of our grocery store since school started. The ingredients are much healthier than the ones in the cereal aisle. They are pricey @ over $3.00 for a package of 4 or 6 though. I'll never buy them again that's for sure! I didn't have wheat germ so I used Mother's Instant Oatmeal, added 3/4 C coconut, and 3/4 C of organic cocoa krispie type cereal. The possibilities are endless!I had to keep my eye on our DD for fear she would cut into them before they cooled. We would all give them 10 stars if we could!"