Crunchy Good-for-You Granola Bars

I’ve been on a bit of a granola kick lately. A little while back I made those chewy, 100% customizable granola bars that are totally fun for mixing and matching ingredients. Then, I shared with you my all-time favorite granola recipe. I am hopelessly addicted to that stuff. I made a batch of it for our road trip to Florida, where we had no trouble polishing it off. Then I made another batch before we left to come home so we had a stash for the trip back. (I think there are still granola remnants in the car.) Once back home, I started thinking about merging the two – the awesome crunchiness of the granola with the portability (and cohesiveness) of a bar. I began searching for a crunchy granola bar and after sifting through countless recipes these really jumped out at me. It was different, had a combination of grains, seeds and dried fruit, and sounded delicious. My intuition was right. These are phenomenal. I’ll definitely be keeping a steady supply of these on hand for healthy snacking.

Since you may not be familiar with all of the ingredients needed to make these bars (I wasn’t) I thought I would go through the uncommon ones and let you know where I found them so hopefully you don’t have to do too much wild goose-chasing.

Puffed Kamut – I found this in the organic/health foods section of the grocery store near where the Kashi cereals and other organic puffed rice and wheat were displayed.

Salted sunflower seeds – I picked these up in the produce section of the grocery store on the shelves where the bulk nuts are found. They had regular and unsalted, but the recipe specifically called for the salted version, so I got those.

Raw pumpkin seeds – I also found these in the organic/health foods section of the grocery store.

Brown rice syrup – This was also in the organic/health foods section. It has the sticky consistency of honey, and after doing some Googling I came up with a 50/50 on whether it needs refrigerated after opening, so I went the safe route and stored it in the fridge.

I hope you all enjoy these granola bars as much as I have. And hey, don’t say I never throw a healthy bone your way every now and then 😉

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Crunchy, Good-for-You Granola Bars

Yield: 12 bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes


1½ cups puffed kamut (or puffed rice or puffed wheat)
1½ cups traditional rolled oats (not the quick-cook kind)
½ cup Grape-Nuts cereal
1/3 cup dried cranberries or chopped dried apricot (or mix of both)
1/3 cup salted sunflower seeds
¼ cup raw pumpkin seeds
Dash of cinnamon
3½ tablespoons almond butter (can substitute soy butter or peanut butter), creamy or chunky
3½ tablespoons brown rice syrup
3 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla


1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line and 8- or 9-inch square pan with a long sheet of parchment paper (so ends extend over edges of pan).

2. Mix the puffed kamut, oats, Grape-Nuts, dried fruit, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and cinnamon in a large bowl.

3. In a small saucepan over low heat, warm the almond butter, brown rice syrup, honey, brown sugar and vanilla until sugar has melted and the almond butter has thinned.

4. Pour the liquid mixture on top of the dry ingredients, mixing well. When everything is equally coated, spread the mixture into the pan. Press the mixture down with the bottom of a measuring cup or the back of a wooden spoon. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until golden brown.

5. When you remove the pan from the oven, again use the back of a wooden spoon to press the bars flat. Allow to cool completely before touching them again.

6. When totally cooled and hard, lift the ends of the parchment and put onto a cutting board and cut into bars or squares. I wrapped the individual bars in foil and stored them in a ziploc bag at room temperature.

(Recipe adapted from The Kitchn)

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32 Responses to “Crunchy Good-for-You Granola Bars”

  1. Gwenevere on April 27, 2011 at 12:31 am

    I visited every granola link you had in this post and then I visited the links posted in the new post I just linked and do you know what I found…a peanut free granola recipe. I’ve been looking ya know (4 kids with nut allergies) but like you (long ago) I didn’t want to do the modifications. Thanks


  2. Lauren at Keep It Sweet on April 27, 2011 at 6:37 am

    What a great combination of ingredients. These are a perfect snack!


  3. Katrina on April 27, 2011 at 6:59 am

    These look wonderful. Homemade granola bars are the best – hands down :)


  4. Happy When Not Hungry on April 27, 2011 at 7:11 am

    Oooh I love that these are crunchy granola bars! Definitely love making homemade granola bars. Thanks for sharing!


  5. Estela @ Weekly Bite on April 27, 2011 at 7:40 am

    I love homemade granola bars! These look delicious :)


  6. Melissa on April 27, 2011 at 7:47 am

    I love all the ingredients here–what a great mix! I think I need to get myself to the store for supplies!


  7. Lori @ RecipeGirl on April 27, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Love the interesting ingredients tucked in there… especially the Grape Nuts!


  8. jen @ the baked life on April 27, 2011 at 11:12 am

    yum! I love granola bars.

    Cheering for your Pens tonight! Game 7’s make me so nervous, glad my Canucks won last night, but it was a nail biter.


  9. Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls on April 27, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Love that these are healthy! They look wonderful!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls


  10. The Flourishing Foodie on April 27, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    I’m always trying to find the perfect granola bar recipe. It is a perpetual quest. I will have to try these this week. I love crunchy.


  11. Lin Ann on April 27, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Love those ingredients! These would be great for our hikes. Terrific recipe!


  12. d.liff @ yelleBELLYboo on April 27, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Yay! I love your other granola bar recipe – I was wondering how to make them crunchy! Thanks!!


  13. Vicki @ Wilde in the Kitchen on April 27, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Thanks for sharing this recipe, I’ve been looking for a new granola bar. I’ve been eating my version for too long and I’m bored!


  14. Megan Rosten on April 27, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Those look great! I am adding them to my menu plan right now!


  15. Jenny Flake on April 27, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Perfect! These look great!


  16. Peggy on April 27, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    I actually just bought a bunch of pumpkin and sunflower seeds just the other day. They would be perfect for these granola bars… now I just have to be on the search for a couple other of those ingredients and I’m set!


  17. Gastronome Tart on April 27, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    I love this! I always try to find healthy bars for my husband to grab and go in the morning. However, it has been difficult to find some that aren’t chock full of artificial preservatives. Thanks for the recipe! I will be trying these soon!


  18. Ruth on April 27, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    These look fab! I’m always on the look-out for portable goodies to take out and about. Thanks for posting.


  19. Tracy on April 27, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    These sound incredible Michelle! As someone with a peanut/nut allergy, I love that they contain a lot of seeds instead of nuts. Can’t wait to try them!


  20. on April 27, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    These look great and i love all the healthy ingredients too!


  21. Parsley Sage on April 28, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Ooooh! Super yummy. And portable. Gotta love the portable snackage. Well done!


  22. Helena on April 29, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Oh yum, they look good!


  23. Molly @ Toffee Bits and Chocolate Chips on April 30, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Delicious! I love me a healthy yummy granola bar!


  24. RisaG on May 17, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    I love a good granola bar. Thanks for sharing. I always make my own granola so this shouldn’t be hard to put together.


  25. Paula on September 17, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Finally a crunchy recipe that is not only healthy but yummy. Thanks!!


  26. Meryl on October 10, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Baking them right now! My question is what is the Fat? Calories? for this recipe?


    • Michelle on October 10th, 2011 at 5:45 pm

      Hi Meryl, Unfortunately I don’t have the nutrition facts for this recipe, but am working on getting them for all of the recipes on the site. Hopefully by the end of the year!


  27. nora on December 29, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Can you help me make this wheat free? that’s the only thing I cant do and I’d love to try these out. thanks.


    • Michelle on December 30th, 2012 at 10:33 am

      Hi Nora, I am admittedly not well-versed in the wheat-free world, but it seems as though the only ingredient with wheat would be the Grape Nuts cereal. Perhaps you could use a wheat-free alternative?


  28. Bombay Chowparty on February 2, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    I made crunchy granola bars recently that look very much like this but with very different ingredients.The proportion of cereal to fat looks broadly the same but you have used lesser sugar and replaced the oil with nut butter. I did consider both but was worried if replacing the oil with nut butter or reducing sugar would affect the binding and hence consequently the crunchy texture. Clearly it didnt!! So glad to see it worked. Will be making these changes myself the next time.


  29. Aga on April 29, 2015 at 6:46 am

    Definitely would love to give this crunchy Granola Bars a try. All are healthy ingredients,. Oatmeal is a great option for a hearty snack, I’m gonna impress my pals with your crunchy bars 😀 Keep it up!


  30. Wade on November 9, 2015 at 8:03 am

    I do like this recipe, and ingredients. Looks like we like the baking the same kind of things for breakfast snacks. I have two recipes for seeded oatmeal breakfast cookies on my website, one is crisp, the other chewy. They are a cross between a granola bar and Biscotti.


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