Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9" x 13" pan.

  2. Stir together all the dry ingredients, including the fruit and nuts. For best texture and easiest cutting, be sure the fruits and nuts are cut/chopped into small, fairly uniform pieces.

  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the vanilla, melted butter or oil, honey or syrup, and water.

  4. Toss the wet ingredients with the dry until the mixture is evenly moistened.

  5. Spread the mixture in the prepared pan, and pat down gently.

  6. Bake the bars for 25 to 30 minutes, until they're golden brown around the edges.

  7. Remove the bars from the oven, loosen the edges, and cool for 5 minutes.

  8. Use a knife (or bench knife) to cut the bars while they're still warm in the pan; remove from the pan, and cool on a rack.

  9. Wrap the bars individually to store. Alternatively, store the bars in layers with parchment in between; or place them in a single layer on a plate, and cover with plastic. In humid weather, it's best to store bars in the refrigerator. For longest storage, put individually-wrapped bars in the freezer.

Tips from our Bakers

  • For granola bars with a hint of peanut flavor, add 1/3 cup (3 1/8 ounces) peanut butter to the dry ingredients along with the other wet ingredients.
  • For a crunchier bar, increase sugar to 1/2 cup (3 1/2 ounces).