Saturday, January 24, 2015

Chewy Granola Bars Recipe Long-Term Food Storage Friendly

Chewy Granola Bars
Looking for a great snack that everyone in your family will love? Maybe something you can toss in your bag and munch on when you're on the go? Then, this is the perfect recipe for you! We love this for lunches, snacks, and when we're really busy. These chewy granola bars are filling enough to be a meal replacement in a pinch.

These chewy granola bars are packed with good for you yummy goodness and are long-term food storage friendly. Meaning that all of the ingredients are things that you may already have in your long-term food storage or pantry. If you don't already have some of these items, these bars are a great excuse to stock up (think sale or coupons), but the recipe is flexible enough you can use what you do have on hand too.

When I first decided to make chewy granola bars at home, I went to the usual suspects for a recipe that would work with the items I already had on hand, and didn't come up with much. What I did find was this recipe. Although it has a 4-star review, most reviewers had to change several things about the recipe to make it work. I started with their suggestions, and after making this many, many times, ended up with my own adaptation of the recipe that differs significantly from the original.  I hope you like it as much as my family has!

Chewy Granola Bar Recipe, Long-Term Food Storage Friendly


  • 4.5 cups- Rolled Oats (If you only have quick cooking oats, use them but check your bars more often in the oven to prevent overcooking)
  • 3/4 cups- Flour (We used white flour, but use the flour of your choice or grind your own from wheat berries)
  • 1 cup- Honey, we used raw honey
  • 1 tsp- Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp- Vanilla Extract (feel free to make your own)
  • 1/3 cup- Brown Sugar, packed firmly
  • 1 cup- Butter or Coconut Oil (both work great)
  • 2 cups- Assorted toppings, nuts, berries, chocolate chips, coconut, combined to equal 2 cups total (Our favorites are: dried cranberries, coconut, chocolate chips, pecans and walnuts)

Chewy Granola Bars on a Plate


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Grease a 9"x13" baking dish. If you wish, you may then place foil in the dish and spray oil on the foil. We do this to make it easier to remove the bars from the dish
  3. Stir together rolled oats, flour, baking soda and brown sugar in a large bowl
  4. Mix in butter, vanilla extract and honey
  5. Add the 2 cups of assorted toppings and mix until well incorporated
  6. Pour chewy granola bar mixture into baking dish. Using a piece of wax paper or foil, press the bars into the dish until firmly packed into the baking dish
  7. Bake for 28-30 minutes, or until golden brown 
  8. Remove baking dish from oven and allow bars to cool for 12-15 minutes
  9. Optional: Press bars into the pan again after 10 minutes of cooling, this helps the bars stay packed together better
  10. Once bars have cooled enough to handle, remove them from the pan and cut into bars
  11. Allow to cool all the way, then wrap individually (we use plastic wrap)

*Bars are thicker than store-bought chewy granola bars

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