• Honey Crunch granola Bars

    These delicious Honey Crunch granola bars are similar in both taste and texture to the Nature valley granola bars, with the exception of the expense! For the price of 1 box, you can make 4x's the amount! (Click to Retweet!)
    This recipe is so easy and tasty that you're probably better off making a double batch from the get-go!

    You'll Need:

    4 C. quick oats
    1 c. Packed brown sugar
    1/2 c. Butter, melted
    1/2 c. honey
    1 tsp. vanilla
    1/2 tsp. salt

    In a large bowl combine all ingredients: mix well. Press firmly into well greased 15 1/2 x 10 1/2 inch jelly roll pan. Bake at 450 for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly. Cool and cut into bars.

    Variety Options:


    For a bit of variety add 1/2 - 2/3 cup chopped nuts, seeds or raisins.

    For cinnamon Granola Bars- add 1 tsp cinnamon with the rest of the ingredients.
    For Cinnamon Apple Granola Bars- add 1/2 c. finely chopped DRIED Apples & 1 tsp cinnamon
    Comments 31 Comments
    1. Recipequeen123's Avatar
      Recipequeen123 -
      These look easy and quick to do. I'm all for that. Will be making these this weekend. Yummm.
    1. fosterfamily5's Avatar
      fosterfamily5 -
      A potato mashed works great for pressing the mix, makes it nice and even. Just spray it with cooking spray so it doesn't stick.
    1. tsalding's Avatar
      tsalding -
      Yum! The best part is, I have everything in my pantry.
    1. Angelus's Avatar
      Angelus -
      This is exactly what I've been looking for. Going to make up a batch, or two tomorrow. Thanks for a great site.
    1. Angelus's Avatar
      Angelus -
      Just got back from the grocery store, where I got the ingredients for these, and a dozen other recipes from this site. When I've recuperated from the shopping trip, I'll get started making stuff. My last post here is not here...what happened?
    1. Angelus's Avatar
      Angelus -
      Oops, just found it, my bad!
    1. FreebieQueen's Avatar
      FreebieQueen -
      lol, I was just about to ask you Where you posted Glad you're enjoying the site, feel free to share photos of your finished recipes- we have a big album area on the site too:

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    1. Angelus's Avatar
      Angelus -
      Just finished making these bars...and what a mess. The edges burned, cutting them caused crumbs jumping every where, and my hand hurts from the cutting. Will I bother to make them again? You bet! One bite made it all worth it. These are an improvement on Nature Valley, which I love. I did not change anything in the recipe, just followed the suggestion, and added chopped almonds and dried cranberries. I'm going to be making these a lot. Thanks for a great recipe. Oh boy, I love this site!!!
    1. Angelus's Avatar
      Angelus -
      After making these bars, letting them cool, cutting and wrapping, (plastic snack bags) I got one out for my breakfast this morning. It was soft!!! How can I fix this and avoid it happening in the future? I made up a bunch of ready to use mixes with all the dry ingredients so I just have to add the moist stuff, and I'm ready to go. Please tell me there is a way to keep these bars crunchy.
    1. Angelus's Avatar
      Angelus -
      I posted a few hours ago, but don't see it. My granola bars have gone from crunchy to soft and chewy. I let them cool, put them in plastic bags, and by the next morning they were not how they had been. Is there any way to crisp them again? I tried putting them in the oven on very low and it helped a bit, but they are still too soft. How can I avoid this in the future, and how do I make sure that my posts will show up?
    1. FreebieQueen's Avatar
      FreebieQueen -
      My granola bars have gone from crunchy to soft and chewy. I let them cool, put them in plastic bags, and by the next morning they were not how they had been. Is there any way to crisp them again?
      I would put them back in the oven for 4-5 minutes. I'm not sure why they went soft, unless there was still alot of moisture in them.

      When we made them, we used old-fashioned oats rather than quick oats. You might want to leave lynn a msg on her wall and ask her if she's had this trouble, (it's her recipe !)

      how do I make sure that my posts will show up?
      Your posts are showing. This may be due to the cache settings of the site- which are in place to make the content load faster. Also, please note that article comments are moderated due to the settings allowing guests to post.
    1. lexipain's Avatar
      lexipain -
      Thanks for the great recipe. My daughter loves the brand name bars but they are rather expensive.
    1. jgordineer1221's Avatar
      jgordineer1221 -
      Sounds like another great recipe... I will be trying these and your chewy granola recipe this weekend... will be great to send my husband to work with a granola bars to snack on. Thanks as always for your great suggestions and recipes.
    1. kheffner's Avatar
      kheffner -
      I just made these granola bars and added almonds......they are absolutely delicious .....my DH loves them and posted a picture of the batch on FB commenting how great they are and better than bought ones.....will be making more tomorrow.....will be putting chocolate chips in a batch, peanut butter in a batch and some craisins and nuts in a batch....thank you for this wonderful recipe....did you fiqure how much it costs to make a batch?......I plan to...I'm sure it's cheaper than the store bought ones....
    1. kheffner's Avatar
      kheffner -
      This was simply the most easy and delicious recipe ....when I made it tonite, I added almonds.....it made 24 bars...my DH absolutely loves them....I will definitely be making more batches of this recipe....will add peanut butter, chocolate chips, craisins, nuts, etc....of course, not all in the same batch...thank you for this recipe...
    1. mdbkids's Avatar
      mdbkids -
      Just what I needed. Thanks!
    1. kheffner's Avatar
      kheffner -
      I have made 3 batches of these granola bars...love them....however, the third batch was the charm.....I lowered the temperature to 350 and cooked about 30 minutes.....I checked every ten, just in case, but thirty minutes was the charm on a lower temp....I made peanut butter granola bars today.....I put 2/3 cp. plus 1 TBS. of chunky peanut butter in the basic mix....it is absolutely amazing.....
    1. Teenieg's Avatar
      Teenieg -
      Well I gave this a try and it taste great unfortunately I can not get it out of the baking dish. Guess I will have to crumble it and make granola!
    1. Liss's Avatar
      Liss -
      Quote Originally Posted by Teenieg View Post
      Well I gave this a try and it taste great unfortunately I can not get it out of the baking dish.
      Yes, you definitely have to do what the directions say and grease the pan REALLY well or they stick, or you can also line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper (& reuse it over and over)
    1. mominva13's Avatar
      mominva13 -
      Great granola bar recipe! Very yummy!


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