Amazing homemade granola bars just like the ones you buy at Whole Foods Market. This copycat version of Whole Foods Homemade Granola Bars is a lunch box staple in our house, because they save money and are completely irresistible!
You know those soft chewy homemade granola bars that are always sitting up at the checkout counter at Whole Foods Market begging to be purchased?
The ones that cost around $2.50 – $5.00 a chunk, but are so moist and wonderful you can’t stop yourself from buying them every time you enter the store??
(Surely I’m not the only one who does this.)
We’re making those homemade granola bars today… A lot of them.
For a lot less money.
In fact, most of the items necessary are always in my pantry and freezer. The first time I made them, I only needed to buy brown rice syrup to create these ultra moist and chewy copycat Whole Foods Homemade Granola Bars, that are packed with nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and coconut.
And even if you don’t have a freezer/pantry full of nuts, seeds, and dried fruit like I do, you’ll still save money by buying the ingredients from the bulk bins in your grocery store.
You simply dump all sorts of nuts, seeds, dried fruit, coconut, and oats in a large mixing bowl. (I used the ingredients list on the Whole Foods packaging as a guide.)
Then make a thick sticky-sweet syrup to glue the dry ingredients together.
Mix them together and press into a pan.
Seriously, it’s that easy.
Brown rice syrup is a key component in the homemade granola bars recipe because it holds the mixture together better than any other “healthy” syrup available.
Also note, the texture of store-bought Whole Foods Homemade Granola Bars is slightly finer than what you see here. In the recipe below, I’m asking you to grind part of the oats to help the mixture pack and hold together. Yet, you could grind all the oats if you want a finer texture. We just personally like a little more chunk in our bars.
My kids beg for my copycat version of Whole Foods Homemade Granola Bars, and I never mind making them because they are such a time and money saver.
I even slip one in my purse when I head out to Whole Foods Market, so I’m not tempted to buy one at the counter. *wink*
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