Sunday, January 30, 2011

The hunt for great granola.

I recently realized how much of my grocery budget I had been spending on granola bars.  We go through at least 2 boxes a week usually more.  Spending over $3 per box for 5 bars, so I decided to see if I could find a good recipe to make my own.  Luckily I found it.

The thing I really like about this recipe is that you can put anything you like in it as long as you have about 3-4 cups of fillers ( eg. choc chips, almonds, raisins, dried cranberries, mini marshmallows) and it is so easy.

Easy Granola Bars

  • 3 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch pan.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, sweetened condensed milk, butter, coconut, almonds, chocolate chips and cranberries with your hands until well blended. 

                                           here are the dry ingredients

 Press flat into the prepared pan.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, depending on how crunchy you want them. Lightly browned just around the edges will give you moist, chewy bars. 
Let cool for 5 minutes, cut into squares then let cool completely before serving.

Here is the final product.

Enjoy :)


  1. All I can say is, YUM!

  2. I can't use coconut, but everything else looks delicious! Thanks for sharing. I second the Yum.

  3. I didn't use coconut in this batch either, I just added more of the other fillers.

  4. Thanks for the tip, I am going to try this as we plow through granola bars quickly too!!
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  5. These look delicious, I love adding cranberry its such a nice mix between sweet and tart.
    Can't wait to try these.