Why spend tons of money on packaged granola bars when you can make them on your own? Whether you use dried cherries, chocolate chips or other dried fruit in them, these granola bars are delicious and a ton of fun to prepare!

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Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


  1. Try shaving five minutes off the baking time. It’s so hard to be specific since all oven vary! I’m so happy you liked them!

  2. This is a really great recipe – I’ve made several batches with various modifications. One thing I think really adds to the goodness is a little spice – I generally put in about 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 tsp allspice. My latest experiment was: 2 Tbsp almond butter – melt in the microwave about 2 mins, add oil to make 1/2 cup total. Also didn’t have enough honey, so added maple syrup to make up the difference. Delish! Thanks Catherine for a great jumping off place.

    Oh – and my oven runs a little hot – I find 25 mins is perfect for me.

  3. I think the trick to keep them from being too dry and crumbly is to put a pan with a couple cm of water on the bottom of the oven while baking the granola bars in the middle rack. This keeps the air in the oven nice and humid

  4. You can leave it out altogether if you don’t like to coconut. Or sub finely chopped dried fruits or nuts!

  5. This is definitely the best granola bar recipe I’ve ever tried! I put 1/2 chopped peanuts and 1/2 choc chips, and a nice glob of peanut butter in. I have to put these in an 11×7 pan to get them 1 inch thick, and had to adjust cooking time to prevent them from crumbling (and also not trying to cut them too soon), but the crumbly bits make awesome granola on yogurt and ice cream!

  6. My family L-O-V-E-S these. My kids and husband ask for more as son as they are gone. I make them with Chocolate chips, dried cherries and almonds. So so good. I decrease the oven temp by 25 degrees and decrease the baking time by 5 minutes so that they are chewy. Thank you so much fr this recipe, I make it almost once a week.

  7. We made this over the holidays and I meant to THANK YOU. It was easy enoguh for my daughter to make, she gave it away to grandparents and uncles in cutely decorated bags for christmas morning. It was SO delish.Thank you for posting it again. Happy New Year.I’m still lovin’ your photography!Megan

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