Homemade granola bars are not only delicious, but super healthy too! When you bake them at home, you have total control over what goes into them. This makes it easy to track calories and macros and to stay on track with your diet.
Homemade granola bars are not the easiest thing to bake though! Sometimes they are too dry… And sometimes you’re left wondering, “What can I use to make my granola bars stick together?”
This homemade granola bar recipe guide is going to give you all the tricks you need to get them just perfect!
How do you make granola bars from scratch?
- 100g of butter and 10g extra for greasing
- 100g sunflower seeds
- 200g oatmeal
- 50g chopped walnuts
- 3 tablespoon honey
- 100g light muscovado sugar
- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 100g dried raisins or berries
- Heat your oven to 160C/fan while you grease an 18 x 25cm tin and line it with baking paper.
- Mix the nuts, seeds and oats in a separate tin and put them in the oven to toast lightly for 5 mins.
- Warm the butter, sugar and honey in a pan. Once the butter is melted, add in the oat mixture, cinnamon and dried fruit.
- Mix until the solid ingredients are fully coated.
- Tip the mixture into the tin and bake in the oven for 30 mins. Remember to leave to cool.
What can I use to make my granola bars stick together?
If you want to swap out the honey and sugar mixture, but still make sure your granola bars stick together, we have a few suggestions for you…
- Brown rice syrup and honey. Use the same amount of brown rice syrup (aprox. 100g) for a healthier, no-added-sugar option.
- If you don’t like honey, you can swap this out for maple syrup or agave syrup. Agave syrup is a great option because it’s super low in sugar!
If you prefer really sticky granola bars, you can also add a tablespoon of peanut butter into the mix.
What will you be adding to your homemade granola bars?