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Honey-Oat Granola Bars

I found this recipe on one of our monthly Brown County REA newsletters. My husband and I eat a few of these bars each day. It’s a basic recipe to which you can add any of your favorite flavors…coconut, chocolate or different flavored chips, nuts or dried fruits.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    3 dozen


  • 4 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped salted peanuts
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup sunflower kernels
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, peanuts, chocolate chips and sunflower kernels. Stir in butter, honey and vanilla until combined (mixture will be crumbly). Press into a greased parchment-lined 15x10x1-in. baking pan.
  • Bake 15-20 minutes or until browned and bubbly. Cool 15 minutes on a wire rack; cut into squares. Cool completely before removing from pan.
    Freeze option: Wrap each cooled bar in plastic; freeze until firm. To use, thaw bar at room temperature or, if desired, unwrap and place on a microwave-safe plate and microwave on high for 15-20 seconds or until heated through.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 167 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 54mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1-1/2 fat.

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  • Smith
    Sep 25, 2019

    Way way too sweet and did not set hard enough for bars

  • Cwazykitty
    Jul 1, 2019

    Great recipe. I used chopped pecans instead of peanuts and added cherry infused craisins. Yummy! Make sure you really incorporate the wet ingredients into the dry so everything is moist and stays together.

  • sambadojazz
    Mar 5, 2015

    Anything with oats and honey in the recipe gets my attention, so I had to try these. Good job. Please fix the recipe, though. These two sentences don't make sense together: "Cool 15 minutes on a wire rack; cut into squares. Cool completely before removing from pan."

  • 1lindalee1
    May 10, 2013

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  • Wni
    Sep 20, 2012

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  • Joline86
    Apr 11, 2012

    I made this with my daughter and am very happy with the finished product. She enjoyed helping me in the kitchen. I omitted the nuts and the sunflower kernels because I didn't have any on hand. It is a bit sweet for my taste, but my kids approve. I baked for 20 minutes and cooled in the freezer. I think next time I will experiment with less brown sugar and other ingredients, such as dried fruit. Overall, great recipe and I will be making it again.

  • bethdet
    Sep 1, 2011

    Absolutely delicious. They came out perfectly!

  • jhennek
    Sep 23, 2009

    When I tried these, they did not hold together. Maybe they did not cook long enough? It tasted good and made a good ice cream topping but I won't try them again.

  • tommypoo
    Sep 10, 2009

    I tried this, and thought it needed more cooking time, but I was wrong. Mine were dry and had nothing to do with the recipe. I will try it again and this time follow the directions to a tee.

  • bigmo9193
    Apr 17, 2009

    These are another winner for my family - we love these granola bars!