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Homemade Granola Bars: Just like Grandma made way back when…

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I’ve made homemade granola bars a couple times before, but this recipe we found in Jean Van’t Hul’s The Artful Year is the best yet! If you aren’t familiar with Jean Van’t Hul she has published two fantastic books on making art with kids and has a great website full of art activities and projects. Her recipe for old fashioned granola bars is simple, easy to follow and has many ingredients you may already have on hand. It’s a great recipe to make with your kids and one the whole family will enjoy!


2 Cups old-fashioned rolled oats

1 Cup almond meal

1/2 Cup whole wheat flour

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp salt

1 Cup dried cranberries

1/3 Cup mini chocolate chips (we just cut up bakers chocolate because that’s what we had)

1/2 Cup (1 stick) butter

1/2 Cup honey

1 Egg

2 teaspoons vanilla


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Oil a 9 x 13 in. baking pan
  2. Mix the oats, almond meal, flour, cinnamon, salt, cranberries and chocolate chips in a large bowl.
  3. Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Whisk in the honey, then the egg and vanilla. Pour the butter mixture into the oat mixture and combine throughly.
  4. Press the dough into the pan and bake for 20-25 minutes.
  5. Cool the baked dough partially, then cut it into bars. The bars can be stored in the fridge or freezer, but ours didn’t last that long!