Honey Almond Granola Bars

I’m a huge fan of the crunchy Nature Valley granola bars.

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Makes a great snack and is even better when crumbled into pieces and topped over a bowl of yogurt.

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When I stumbled upon this recipe on NancyCreative’s blog, I knew that it was exactly what I was looking for.

Haha they were the homemade granola bar that I’ve been searching for to fill my nature valley granola bar void. And though they didn’t taste exactly like nature valley’s bars, they were pretty close – probably the next best thing. (huge thanks to Nancy for sharing this recipe – its a keeper!) The texture of these bars were actually much lighter and crumbly compared to the dense and super crunchy nature valley’s. I didn’t mind that because that just made it easier to break up into smaller granola clusters.

Andd, as you all know, I like my overnight oats. When I don’t have any Nutella granola lying around, I like to top my oats off with some of this honey oat goodness. So yummy, hearty, mix of sweet, not to mention healthy. Mmmmmhmm, it’ll change your life. For reals.

Enjoy! 

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Honey Almond Granola Bars

  • Servings: 24 bars
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 7 C old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 C canola oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 C honey
  • 3/4 C packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp almond extract
  • 2 tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1 1/2 C coarsely chopped or sliced almonds
  1. Preheat oven to 375˚F with oven in the middle.
  2. Line a 13 x 18″ rimmed baking pan with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl, combine: oats, oil, and salt, mixing until oats are evenly coated. Transfer mixture to baking sheet and spread into an even layer.
  4. Toast oats by baking and stirring every 10 mins for 20 to 25 mins total or until golden. Remove pan from oven and lower temperature to 300˚F.
  5. In a small pot, combine honey and brown sugar and continuously stir over med heat for about 5 mins. Remove from heat and stir in almond extract.
  6. In large bowl, mix together: oats, flax seed, and almonds. Add honey mixture and stir with greased rubber spatula until the oats are thoroughly coated
  7. With non-stick spray, lightly coat the parchment paper that you used to line the baking sheet. Evenly spread granola mixture over the sheet and firmly press the mixture into the pan to make a flat, compact layer.
  8. Bake at 300˚F until golden, approx 35 mins.
  9. Allow granola to cool in the baking sheet, on a wire rack, for 10 mins before cutting into bars with a knife or pastry scraper (Cut the bars while they’re still warm, because it will be very difficult once they have hardened). Cut bars completely through and then allow bars to completely cool in the pan.
  10. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

 

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26 Comments Add yours

  1. Deb says:

    What a scrumptious recipe! The Granola Bars are not too heavy with sugar and oil, but just sweet enough for snack time!

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    1. Janine says:

      Thank you, yes they were perfect for snack time!

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  2. alifemoment says:

    Wow these granola bars look amazing! Nice photos! :)

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    1. Janine says:

      Thank you =)

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  3. Looks gorgeous! Great photos!!

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    1. Janine says:

      Thanks, Selma

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  4. chefjulianna says:

    Yum! Just perfect for lunches!

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    1. Janine says:

      Yes, they really are!

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  5. They look wonderful!!

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  6. I never made granola bars but this sounds like I should try them soon. :)

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    1. Janine says:

      Yes, you need to try! They are so versatile and much better for you than most store-bought bars =)

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  7. Michelle says:

    These look so yummy! My TMJ doesn’t let me eat granola, but I’d be tempted to give it a go anyway with these!

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    1. Janine says:

      Thank you, let me know how it goes if you do try =)

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  8. skd says:

    Looks amazing!

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  9. Well, processed granola bars do exist. It is best to make your own so good for you!!! These look great.

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    1. Janine says:

      Couldn’t agree more! Thanks for stopping by

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      1. Oh, and I should also mention I was a former Nature Valley oats and honey granola bar adict too. Because of this, I probably can’t be trusted to make these, lest I eat the whole batch!

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      2. Janine says:

        Haha I hear ya! They are pretty darn addicting…. On countless occasions, I had broken off a small piece of bar, thinking that I’d be able to close the old after that…. But nope… Every single time.

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  10. Eva says:

    This granola looks fantastic an I love your Nutella one also !

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  11. You know, with all the cooking I’ve done, I have never made granola bars. I feel so behind. And I eat them all the time, store-bought. It’s time to change that! Btw, kinda short notice but would you be willing to co-host FF17?

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    1. Janine says:

      Hey Angie, I am so flattered that you asked me to host FF17, but I’m actually headed out of town this wkend and most likely won’t have access to the internet – sorry!

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