Easy Granola Bars

A granola bar makes a quick breakfast before school, a great lunch box snack, or an after school treat.  These bars are packed with all kinds of healthy ingredients, and what kid doesn't need to have healthier options? Kids like to try foods they have helped to make, and this recipe is easy enough for kids to make themselves with just a little supervision.

Easy Granola Bars
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup wheat germ
1 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup semi-sweet or bittersweet chips or chunks (about 3 ounces)
1/2 cup dried cranberries or cherries
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch square baking pan with cooking spray. Line pan bottom and up the two sides with a 9 x 18-inch strip of heavy duty aluminum foil. Spray foil with cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients together. Pour into prepared pan and pat down until firmly packed. Bake until golden brown, about 30 minutes. Cool to room temperature and put pan in freezer.
When bar is firm, use foil handles to remove from pan. Remove foil and use a sharp knife to cut into sixteen 1-by 4-inch bars. Can be stored in an airtight container up to 1 week or may be frozen.

The ingredients need to be firmly packed into the baking dish. This small pastry roller helps to pack it in the pan tightly.

After baking, cool to room temperature then place pan in freezer until firm.

I cut my bars a little larger and only ended up with fourteen bars.



  1. These look great! I have always wanted to try making my own granola bars. I have an allergy to almonds but not other nuts...which do you think would be a good substitute?

  2. Nut allergies can be a problem! One of my grandsons is allergic to them too. Probably pecans would go with the cherries in this recipe if you like pecans. Let me know if you try them with another nut how they turn out!

  3. YUMMY! Breakfast on the run! I love the combination of oats and nuts. Just fabulous. I am making these!

  4. Wow. This looks so good! I really want to make these very soon~maybe Sunday! I linked to you from Sweets This Weeks Fridays. Thanks for a great post.

  5. I like that this recipe doesn't need too much time in the oven like a lot of others I've seen, I'd love to try this version!