Easy and Healthy Homemade Granola Bars


One of my very favorite things in the world is granola. Most of the time, I have to battle myself not to buy it, because once I start eating it, I can’t stop. I also have prepared many granola recipes, but again, I have to limit myself. So, when I was asked to come up with some healthy breakfast recipes for a national food magazine, one of my recipe concepts was a granola, Breakfast Bar. I really wasn’t sure if I could get the recipe to work, but on the second try, it was a home-run. I was so excited, and I couldn’t wait to share them with friends. I went straight from recipe testing to a tennis lesson with my tennis pro, Bob (who isn’t a health nut), and he said, “Wow” and “delicious”, and I feel healthy already”. I know you will agree. These are a more than a wow!

Homemade Granola Bars

Cook Time:

20 minutes

Prep Times:

15 minutes


Yield: 16 to 20 servings


1 cup pecans
1 cup almonds
1/2 cup dried apricots
1 cup dried figs
11/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup dried pineapple
11/2 cups organic unsweetened gluten-free crispy brown rice cereal (I used the brand "Erewhon")
3 egg whites
1/4 cup agave nectar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 13-x-9-inch metal baking pan.

2. Combine pecans almonds and next 2 ingredients in a container of a food processor. Lightly pulse until chopped. Transfer to a mixing bowl. Add oats and next 3 ingredients, stirring well.

3. In a separate bowl, stir together egg whites, agave nectar and remaining ingredients.

4. Spread into prepared pan and bake 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Allow to cool completely before serving. Store in an airtight container.

4 thoughts on “Easy and Healthy Homemade Granola Bars”

  1. Alison, these look wonderful. All I could find in the grocery store was papaya nectar, is that close enough of a substitute for the agave nectar?

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