Emeril's Nutty Granola Bars

Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
40 mins

These power-packed treats are easy to prepare, fun to eat, and full of protein and whole grains.


  • ¾ cup honey

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for baking dish

  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

  • 1 ⅓ cups slivered almonds (6 ounces)

  • Coarse salt

  • 1 cup raisins or other dried fruit

  • cup creamy almond butter or other nut butter

  • ¼ cup light-brown sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a small saucepan, heat 1/4 cup honey and butter over low. Cook, stirring, until butter melts, 2 minutes.

  2. In a large bowl, combine oats, almonds, and pinch of salt. Drizzle honey mixture over oat mixture and stir to combine; wipe saucepan clean. Spread mixture evenly on a large rimmed baking sheet. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let cool completely on sheet, 10 minutes. Return to large bowl and add raisins; stir to combine.

  3. Lightly butter an 8-inch square baking dish. In saucepan, combine 1/2 cup honey, almond butter, and brown sugar over medium. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to a boil and sugar dissolves, 10 minutes. Drizzle over oat mixture and stir until combined; transfer to baking dish. With a spatula, firmly press granola into dish. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour, then cut into 16 bars or squares. Store in an airtight container at room temperature, up to 5 days.

Cook's Notes

Feel free to substitute your favorite nuts and dried fruits to suit your family's taste buds. Raisins, dried cranberries, or chopped-up dried apricots? Let the little ones decide, then help them measure, stir, and press the granola mixture into the baking dish.

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