With one hungry teenager and an athletic 6th grader and husband in my house, we stock a lot of granola bars in the pantry, for grab-and go.
Every once in awhile, I get a wild hair and decide I will make my own granola bars, but so far, I haven’t been extremely happy with them. Until now.
This latest version is every bit as good — and arguably even better! — than the gold standard, which we consider to be Nature Valley Oats ‘n Honey Crunchy Granola Bars. You know them — green box, classic flavor.
This version is BETTER. Yes, BETTER, I say!
Soccer snacks may never be the same.
Recipe: Crunchy Granola Bars (Better than Nature Valley)
Summary: Crispy, sweet and oaty, these classic granola bars beat Nature Valley’s version in our family taste test. They make a great soccer game snack, or nosh for a voracious teenager.
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 2 stick (8 ounces) unsalted butter
- Pinch of kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon Lyle’s Golden Syrup (or use honey)
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- Heat the oven to 350F degrees. Mist a 12- by 8-inch baking dish (I have a glass Pyrex dish this size) with nonstick spray, or grease it with butter, and set aside.
- Mix the oats, flour and coconut in a large mixing bowl.
- Melt the butter in a medium saucepan on the stove, and then add the salt, syrup and brown sugar. Stir and heat to a simmer. After it simmers, turn off the heat, add the vanilla and baking soda, and gently stir. The mixture will foam up slightly and lighten in color, thickening somewhat. Pour this mixture into the dry ingredients and stir by hand.
- Turn the mixture out of the pan into the prepared baking dish, and tamp it down, using an offset spatula or the back of a metal spoon.
- Bake for 15 minutes at 350F degrees, and then turn the oven down to 325F degrees and bake for another 10 minutes, until golden brown.
- Remove pan from oven and cool it completely. Invert pan onto a cutting board and the block of cookies should pop out of the pan. Give it a tap if it doesn’t.
- Cut into 36-40 bars.
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Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Diet type: Vegetarian
Number of servings (yield): 36
Culinary tradition: USA (General)
This week our #SundaySupper blogger crew is all about the crunch! Check out the variety of things we have cooked up for you! Try these Crunchy Granola Bars or find something else from the menu below that floats your boat:
- Bitterballen from The Urban Mrs.
- Caprese Wontons from Jane’s Adventure in Dinner
- Crispy Broccoli Cheddar Bites from Curious Cuisiniere
- Waldorf Salad from Noshing With The Nolands
Crunchy Entrees and Sides:
- Crunchy Baked Chicken with Homemade Shake and Bake from Growing Up Gabel
- Crunchy Crusted Chicken Strips with Chipotle Honey Mustard from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventure
- Flautas de Rajas con Requeson (Cheesy Poblano Pepper Taquitos) from La Cocina de Leslie
- Penny’s Taco Salad from Webicurean
- Popcorn Chowder from The ROXX Box
- Rosemary Garlic Croutons on layered Savoy Cabbage Soup from The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
- Strawberry and Mozzarella Flatbread from Family Foodie
Munch on Snacks:
- Crunchy & Chewy Chocolate Hazelnut Granola from Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Crunchy Granola Bars (Better than Nature Valley) from Shockingly Delicious
- Crunchy Pumpkin Pie Spice Roasted Chickpeas from Daily Dish Recipes
- Duck Fat Chex Mix from The Texan New Yorker
- Easy Vegan Granola from Killer Bunnies, Inc
- Fried Veg Momos with Cheese Recipe from Masala Herb
- How to Make Healthy Homemade Sweet and Salty Trail Mix from Neighborfood
- Orange Spiced Cashews from Hip Foodie Mom
- Peanut and Pretzel Popcorn Balls from Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Roasted Pumpkin Seeds from Hezzi-D’s Cooks and Books
- Slow Cooker Bar-B-Q Party Mix from Hot Mamma’s Kitchen Chaos
- Sourdough Grissini from girlichef
- Spicy Lentil Crackers from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Sweet and Spicy Roasted Pepitas from Alida’s Kitchen
- Sweet Potato Chips from Kudos Kitchen By Renee
- Unbaked Healthy Oatmeal Sesame Bars from My Trials In The Kitchen
- Vanilla Almonds from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Boo Berry Cereal Treats from Pies and Plots
- Choco-Caramel Squares from Basic N Delicious
- Chocolate Covered Potato Chip Rice Krispie Treats from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Chocolate Pecan Biscotti from The Food Army Wife
- Cookie Brittle from Juanita’s Cocina
- Double Banana Pie Krispie Treats from What Smells So Good?
- Honeycomb Crunch Candy from Food Lust People Love
- Momofuku Chocolate Chip Cornflakes Cookies from Ninja Baking
- Nutty Wedges with Brown Sugar Whipped Cream from Magnolia Days
- Salted Caramel Cashew Cookies from Mess Makes Food
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