Easy Granola Bars

This recipe for Easy Granola Bars caught my eye in the morning newspaper. A granola bar always makes a quick breakfast before school, a great lunch box snack, or an after school treat. School is already back in session for my grandson, and will likely be very soon for many other children as well. Landon wasn't here today to help me with this recipe, but this would be a good recipe for kids to make themselves, with just a little supervision.

Recipe source: Pam Anderson, ThreeManyCooks

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

Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch square baking pan with vegetable cooking spray. For bars' easy removal, line pan bottom up the two sides with a 9 by 18 inch strip of heavy duty foil. Grease foil with vegetable cooking spray. 
Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl. Turn 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 long, sharp knife to cut bar into sixteen 1-by 4-inch bars. Can be stored in an airtight container up to 1 week or 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 used a bench scraper to cut my bars.

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

Try a batch of these Easy Granola Bars to help your kids get started back to school; I think the kids will be glad you did.


  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!