Whole Foods Homemade Granola Bars
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*
Whole Foods Homemade Granola Bars
- 4 cups whole oats, or 3 1/4 cups oats + 3/4 cup oat bran
- 3/4 cup raw almonds, whole or sliced
- 3/4 cup raw cashews, chopped
- 1/2 cup raw pepitas
- 2/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/3 cup sesame seeds
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, or substitute palm sugar
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/3 cup brown rice syrup
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- Pour 1 1/2 cups oats in a food processor. Pulse until finely ground.
- Place the ground and remaining whole oats, nuts, seeds, coconut, and dried fruit in a large bowl. Mix well. Line a large 13x18-inch rimmed baking sheet with wax paper and set aside.
- Place the brown sugar, honey, brown rice syrup, and coconut oil in a sauce pot over high heat. Bring to a roaring boil, stir well, then remove from heat immediately. Stir in the vanilla and salt. Then pour the syrup over the dry ingredients.
- Mix well, so that all the dry ingredients are coated, then scoop the mixture out onto the prepared baking sheet. Spread the mixture out evenly. Use another sheet of wax paper to press down on the mixture until flat and packed. Refrigerate for 2 hours to set, then cut into squares. Wrap well, and store in the refrigerator, or in a cool dark place for up to 2 weeks.
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