Granola bars – big on flavor and positively nutritious (chef Heather Poire)

  • 192 kcal

You've probably heard a lot about granola bars being healthy. You probably had one or two. We promise you haven't had one like this.


8 servings

  • 2 cups rolled oats (not quick cooking)
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed
  • 1/3 cup brown rice syrup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup orange juice or other juice
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries or other dried fruit
  • 1/4 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds & sunflower seeds or other seeds)
  • 1/3 cup pecans or nuts
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey or other sweetener
  • pinch salt


  1. Preheat oven to 175
  2. Toast oats in oven.  If you are toasting until fragrant, you might as well make it a party and throw the nuts in there too!
  3. In a medium saucepan combine brown rice syrup & brown sugar and cook over medium-low heat until brown sugar dissolves
  4. Toss in oats, nuts, seeds, fruit & flax seed, stir until well coated
  5. Add juice, honey & salt stir until combined
  6. In a 8×8 pan lined with parchment paper (leave a bit of parchment over hang in order to remove the bars after baking) spread mixture evenly across the bottom, press down a few times with a rubber spatula to compress the mixture
  7. Bake for 15 minutes, careful not to burn the edges- the bars will still seem soft after baking but will harden up a bit after they cool
  8. Remove bars by lifting the parchment out of the pan; cool on a wire rack
  9. Once fully cooled, wrap in plastic wrap and store in an airtight container for up to a week

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