Sunday, October 23, 2011

Granola Bar Recipe

Granola Bars

This granola bar recipe was shared with me from a friend, who happens to be our town's lactation consultant.  Thanks, Betty!
I've added flax seed and wheat germ, reduced the sugar, changed the white flour to whole wheat flour, and switched out the vegetable oil with coconut oil.  Therefore, I've made it my own! :)  I am so incredibly impressed with these granola bars.  They aren't too soft, and they aren't too hard.  They're just right!  They're also so delicious, my two year old calls them cookies, which works for me!

                                                         Let's get started!
First, we'll need to start with the ingredients.
Then, we'll add all of the dry ingredients and mix together.
Next, we'll make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients.
We will then stir the mixture with a spoon, only to find that it's just easier to use our hands.
After mixing, add your extra ingredients.
Pour into pan and get ready to squish!
All squished down and ready to go in for 30 minutes.  Please note, the temperature in the picture is set to 375 degrees.  It should be 350! No worries, I just adjusted the cooking time once I realized that it was set too high.
All done!
Wallah! Beautiful and delicious granola bars. Also, a much healthier option than store-bought granola bars!

Granola Bars

Dry Ingredients:
2 cups whole grain old fashioned rolled oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup wheat germ
¼ cup flax seed
¾ tsp. cinnamon
¾ tsp. salt

Wet Ingredients:
½ cup honey
½ cup coconut oil
1 egg, beaten
2 tsp. vanilla extract

1-2 bananas
¾ cup chocolate chips
¾ cup dried fruit

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x13 pan.  In a large bowl, mix together all dry ingredients.  Make a well in the center and pour in all of the wet ingredients.  Mix together well with hands and then pat the mixture into the pan.  Bake for 15 minutes and then turn around in oven.  Bake for an additional 15 minutes and then cool for 3-4 minutes before cutting.  Do not allow the bars to cool any longer than 3-4 minutes or they will be too hard to cut. Enjoy!


  1. LOL! It is usually easier to just use your hands!

  2. Mmmm!! where do you get your coconut oil?

  3. Cloth Mama - I often find great deals on Amazon, but this bottle actually came from my local Walmart. They have started selling it, and at a great price too!

  4. AMAZING! this popped up on my google search for "lactation granola bars", thank you thank you! i let the flax soak in a few tablespoons of water for a few minutes before mixing since the lactation cookie recipe i use suggests it..WAY easier than scooping out cookies and the granola bars stay nice and soft! already seeing pumping output increasing at work today :)

  5. how fast does it take for these to help?