Trail Mix Granola Bars

June 27, 2011

I have made homemade granola bars in the past but have been quite unsuccessful with them actually sticking together.

These Thick Chewy Granola Bars, which I made a while back, definitely fell apart as evident here.

But I have now discovered the secret!


The secret is that you have to bring the sugars (and a few other ingredients) to a boil and cook off some of the liquid. This concentrates the sugars and allows the ingredients to actually stick together.


Trail Mix Granola Bars

(Recipe inspired from here.)


1/2 cup honey

1/4 cup sunflower seed butter

1 Tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup rolled oats

1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

2 Tablespoons pumpkin seeds

2 Tablespoons chia seeds

1/2 cup dried fruit (I used cherries and raisins.)


1. Combine the honey, sunflower seed butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt together in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil on stovetop. Reduce heat, and simmer for 3 minutes; stirring occasionally.

2. In a bowl, combine the oats, coconut, sunflower seeds, pumpking seeds, chia seeds, and dried fruit.

3. Pour honey mixture over oat mixture and stir until full incorporated.

4. Press into a pan and chill in refrigerator for 1 hour.


These are by far my favorite granola bars I have ever made! They are thick, chewy, and incredibly delicious!


    1. Those homemade granola bars look great! Im impressed 🙂

    1. Those look fantastic! I just made some granola bars today, but next time we are out I will have to try these! Nothing beats homemade granola bars

    1. I will be trying these soon as well, but do you think that I could use almond butter instead of the sunflower seed butter?

        1. I made these this morning and changed them up a bit, as we are leaving on vacation tomorrow from KS to the mountains of CO and I am signed up to run my first ever 10k trail run. I’ve only done a 2m race and 5k’s. Kicking it up a notch and thought these might be great to fuel with the day before and after the race. I used raw peanut butter instead, but next time I will try them with the almond butter. Now to taste them in a couple of hours after a pilates class.

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