Fuel Your Winter Hikes With Homemade Granola Bars

Homemade Granola Bars with Peanuts and Cranberries

Do you like granola bars from the store but don’t like their expense and the preservatives in them? If this sounds like you, then you should try making your own granola bars with this yummy recipe. It’s simple and customizable. Feel free to mix and match the toppings per batch you make to find what you like best. No matter what topping you choose, this recipe results in chewy, soft granola bars that are perfect for snacking on a winter hike. Save money and eat nutritiously this year with the help of this recipe.


As we mentioned before, you can mix and match toppings as you like with this recipe, but there are some basic ingredients you need to include no matter what. These ingredients are old fashioned rolled oats, almonds, honey, unsalted butter, brown sugar, vanilla extract, kosher salt, and your chosen toppings. We recommend mixing and matching mini chocolate chips, dried cranberries, nuts, and other dried berries as toppings.

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There are a couple of tricks to making these granola bars the best they can be. The first is that honey and brown sugar together act as the glue for these bars. These two ingredients are responsible for turning the granola into a granola bar, so they’re very important.

The second tip is to make sure you press down on the mixture when all ingredients are combined in the pan. Press all around the mixture for about a minute. This helps the mixture stick together and turns the loose granola into granola bars.

The third and final tip is to chill the granola mixture in the fridge for about two hours. This ensures the mixture will harden together and be at a good consistency to be cut into the bar shape.

You can find the full directions here so you’re able to get cooking! Pack these delicious granola bars into your backpack, purse, or pockets when you go on your next wintry adventure. Just make sure to keep the bars at room temperature in a tightly-sealed bag before then.

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