Recipe: Granola Bars / Cereal (the perfect substitute for all those boxed cereals)

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Granola Cereal Recipe from 100 Days of Real FoodThis recipe is super yummy and so flexible! Below is our favorite cereal version, but there are many ways to tweak the recipe depending on your preferences. For the nuts you can put either all almonds or all cashews (or split them as listed below or even try a totally different type of nut). Also, the same thing works for the seeds – you can either put in all pumpkin seeds or all sesame seeds or put in half and half. You could easily play around with the amounts of sesame seeds and flaxseeds as well. If you can’t find unsweetened shredded coconut you can leave it out completely.

If you want granola cereal make it with rolled oats. If you want granola bars then substitute steel cut oats for the rolled oats, and I also like to add dried fruit bits before baking the bars. For the cereal, once it has baked and cooled completely, you want to put it in a gallon zip lock to break it up into small cereal pieces. If you are making granola bars just break off big chunks instead of using a bag. Don’t expect perfectly uniform rectangles for your granola bars – these are homemade after all!

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Granola Bars / Cereal (the perfect substitute for all those boxed cereals)
Serves: makes 3 lbs
Recipe adapted from Anson Mills
  • 3½ cups rolled oats (if you want bars use steel cut oats so it will stick together better)
  • 1 cup raw sliced almonds
  • 1 cup raw cashew pieces (or walnuts or pecans)
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (I could only find unsweetened at Earth Fare, which is similar to Whole Foods)
  • ½ cup raw sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1½ teaspoons ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon grated or ground nutmeg
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Also need – parchment paper
  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Cover a rectangular baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix the dry oats, almonds, cashews, coconut, seeds and spices together in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Heat the butter and honey together in a small saucepan over low heat. Once the butter melts stir in the vanilla and salt.
  4. Pour the hot liquids over the dry ingredients and stir together with a rubber spatula until evenly coated.
  5. Spread mixture onto prepared pan in one even layer. Bake for 75 minutes.
  6. The granola will become crisp as it cools at which point you can break into pieces (if making bars) or break it up into small chunks by pounding it in a zip lock bag (if making cereal). Store in air tight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

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1,024 comments to Recipe: Granola Bars / Cereal (the perfect substitute for all those boxed cereals)

  • Kelli

    I just made this granola and am a bit disappointed! :( It did not stick together at all and I followed the directions exactly.. there are no chunks. I also cooked it for the exact amount of time at the exact temperature and it seems a bit burnt. Maybe I’ll have to try it again but first experience is a bit disappointing.

    • Jodi

      Kelli, did you try this recipe again? I am trying to figure out where I went wrong, it looks like we both had the same reult…no hardening. It’s great out of a tub but would rather have it as a bar.

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  • Jodi

    I made this over the weekend and was so disappointed. It never hardened! I followed the directions to the letter. What a waste of money and ingredients!

  • Heather

    I have made this multiple times. I have never been successful with getting bars out of it, but I LOVE it as a cereal or over yogurt. I make a new batch every week. I am so glad my family is not eating cereal with BHT in it anymore.

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  • Holly

    Love this granola! It turned out perfect for me. It hardened as it cooled and I was able to break it into large chunks for bars or small chunks for granola. I did substitute coconut oil for butter.

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