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Good-for-You Granola Bars

Grab one of these hearty fruit-and-nut bars to-go for a satisfying afternoon snack.

Good-for-You Granola Bars


  • 1 pound rolled oats
  • 1 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup sliced toasted almonds
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup safflower oil
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 5 egg whites


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees with rack in center position. Line a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with parchment and lightly oil.

  2. In a large bowl, toss together the oats, coconut, almonds, sesame seeds, salt, and dried fruit. Separately whisk together the oil, honey, 1/3 cup water, vanilla, and egg whites; stir into the oat mixture.

  3. Spread the granola in the baking dish and pack firmly. Bake for one hour, or until golden on top and along the edges. Cool completely.

  4. Remove cooled granola to a cutting board. Cut in half lengthwise, and then cut crosswise into 1 1/2-inch-wide bars. Store in an airtight container.


Reviews (3)

  • BecSloop 8 Jul, 2014

    These are delicious! I used Quaker minute oats instead of regular rolled oats. I think this may be part of why they stayed together better for me than the other reviewers.

  • hoping1 17 Dec, 2013

    I have made these bars numerous times and love them. I also found that they fell apart when cutting. By mistake I purchased sunflower oil instead of safflower oil recently. I made the bars with the sunflower oil and they seemed to stay together better and we did not notice any change in taste.

  • SophieL 10 Apr, 2012

    This granola ended up being too crumbly to cut into bars, and I even took out the baked mixture in one piece (thanks to the parchment paper trick Lucinda showed us) so that I could cut the slab on a flat surface. When I tried to cut it, the "bars" broke apart. I don't know what I did wrong in the recipe - I used Bob's Red Mill thick rolled oats, which did not look like the picture. But it did taste very good, so I'll use the loose granola as cereal in yogurt. Wished it worked as bars though.