Great Granola Bars

A girl can only make so much granola, before her thoughts turn to…granola bars. Plus as much as I like my granola, it still doesn’t clump. I think I know why after making the fabulous snack bars from Alana Chernila’s The Homemade Pantry. I would need to add more sugar (honey, syrup, agave etc.) But why bother to sweeten the granola, when I can make Alana’s car snack 2. She has several versions of cereal/granola bars, and I plan to start adding a few inspirations like chocolate chips to the mix, mostly because I can.

Here is the basic recipe. I urge you to buy the book. Jerky and baked potato chips that look like the real deal are also on my agenda.


½ stick unsalted butter

½ packed light brown sugar

½ cup Lyle’s Golden Syrup (or honey)

2 cups rolled oats

½ teaspoon salt

1 cup raw sliced almonds

Preheat oven 350 and line 8 or 9 inch square baking pan with parchment. Melt butter, sugar & syrup in pan, cooking for 3 minutes. Combine oats, salt & almonds and coat with sugars & butter. Spread evenly in pan. Bake for 25 minutes until edges darken. Cool completely in pan before cutting.

Eat the corners first – B


Published by Betsy Karetnick

Dynamic lifestyle broadcaster, journalist, and media expert. Brand builder. Innovator. Producer. Experienced in business development and all aspects of media. Extensive experience on a national platform attracting and retaining an audience by mixing entertainment and education on lifestyle issues including cooking, cleaning, crafting, organizing, personal finance and dining out. Owner and operator of The Portable Garden, northern New Jersey's premier source for exclusive custom event design, special event flowers, container gardens and small scale landscape installations.

2 thoughts on “Great Granola Bars

  1. Yum! I am trying this ASAP! I also want my granola to clump, so I have to add the extra sugar, etc. These bars will be awesome!

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