Fruit & Nut Granola Bars

Granola bars are one of my favorite breakfast and snack treats, and I love making my own bars at home. I don't think I'm really a control freak in most areas, but I do like to be in control of what goes into my food. Being able to choose the ingredients for my granola bars gives me the assurance that none of the ingredients will have names that sound like they were poured from a chemistry lab beaker.

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Fruit & Nut Granola Bars

3 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup Rice Krispie cereal
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1 cup dried cranberries, chopped
1 cup dried apples, chopped
1 1/2 cups honey
1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Prepare a 9 x 13-inch pan by lining with aluminum foil, allowing the foil to over hang the sides of the pan slightly.
In a large bowl, combine the oats, cereal, chia seeds, walnuts, almonds, cranberries, and apples; mix well.
In a medium saucepan over low heat, combine honey and peanut butter, stirring until melted together. Pour the melted mixture over the oat mixture and stir together. Firmly press the granola mixture into the prepared pan, then bake for 25 minutes. Cool, then lift the foil from the pan and cut into bars.

Chop the dried cranberries and dried apples into smaller pieces.

I love the mix of nuts and grains in this recipe.

Add the dried fruit to the grains and nuts; mix well.

Melt the honey and peanut butter together, then add to the granola mixture.

Press firmly into a 9 x 13-inch pan that has been lined with aluminum foil. I like to use a small pastry roller to pack mine in tightly.

Bake for about 25 minutes, then cool. Lift the granola out by the aluminum foil.

Cut into bars or squares as desired. I cut mine into 18 large bars.


  1. Just printed this up to try! :-)

  2. Mmmm would I ever love one of those for my breakfast this morning, Anita! I can ALMOST taste and smell them. Happy Easter blessings to you and your family.

  3. These look great and seems like you can be creative with which dry fruits to add. Perfect for an on the go healthy snack.

  4. My Mom is always looking for new ideas for breakfast and she loves bars like this. I'll have to show her your recipe because these bars look very good. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    Also, I liked your sister's cakes in the previous post. I taught myself how to decorate cakes and used to make them when I was in college. I think my Mom has pictures of some of them. I wasn't nearly as talented as your sister is, but I should dig those pictures up and show them on my blog sometime. Have a great afternoon.

  5. Looks like a great recipe. My kids love making their own granola bars, and they're so delicious. I'm sure these ones are too!

  6. I definitely will be giving these a try. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Hi Anita,
    We love a great Granola Bar and this recipe looks delicious. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen