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Homemade Granola Bars

Homemade Granola Bars

This recipe for Homemade Granola Bars is the *only* one you'll ever need! They are simple and fast to prepare and result in chewy chocolatey goodness!

Keyword Homemade Granola Bars
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Author The Spirited Thrifter


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup peanut butter (no, not natural)
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup (I use white corn syrup but you can use whichever you have)
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup coconut (I use sweetened but you could use whatever your little ol' heart desires)
  • 1/2 cup craisins or raisins (I use craisins because my children won't touch raisins - they're "so" different)
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (I use milk chocolate chips)
  • 1/3 cup wheat germ (if you're granola and know what this is and have it)


  1. Combine brown sugar, peanut butter, corn syrup, melted butter, and vanilla in bowl and mix well.

  2. Add coconut and craisins/raisins and mix in. If you're using wheat germ, add it now.

  3. Add rolled oats and mix just until blended.

  4. Add chocolate chips and mix just until blended. *Note: I usually add the whole bag of chocolate chips to recipes that ask for a cup - artist's discretion! However, in this recipe, I wouldn't. They are sweet enough and there is chocolatey goodness in every bite as is. Instead, eat the rest of the bag of chocolate chips while you hide in the pantry from the kids.

  5. Use damp hands to press batter into 9x13 pan well-greased with butter.

  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 - 30 minutes until golden brown.

  7. Cut into squares or bars. Take to book clubs, play dates, ladies home parties, the office luncheon, and be ready to act one-with-nature. Take to your child's teacher (*if it's a class that allows peanuts*) to show how much you love her and that you hope she too will remember you and your child in 16 years.

  8. Can be stored in the fridge but they probably won't last long enough to bother.