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Recipe: Healthy Cheerio Nut Granola Bars

Happy Friday! This week flew by for me. Anyone else feel the same? And does anyone want a granola bar?cheerio_nut_granola_bars_DSC0234You might recall that I’ve been attempting to make my own granola bars for a while now (one bar failed and one bar turned out pretty good, actually). Well, I tried out a new recipe the other day and I think this is my favorite batch yet.cheerio_nut_granola_bars_DSC0237I finally  accepted that almost any granola bar recipe needs some sort of “filler” — like rice puffs, flour, wheat germ, and/or oatmeal. Even KIND bars have a bit of rice puff in them! Since we had some Honey Nut Cheerios hanging out in our pantry, I thought it’d be fun to give those a try.cheerio_nut_granola_bars_DSC0235I also noticed that a lot of recipes have butter in them. I originally made this mix with coconut oil and without any butter, but could tell that the granola batter just wasn’t sticky enough as I stirred it. So I added an extra egg and a bit of butter at the very end.

Next time I might try omitting the butter, just to see if it was really necessary… but then again, who doesn’t mind a bit of butter?cheerio_nut_granola_bars_DSC0233Key point: there will be a next time for this recipe. It’s definitely a keeper — and even a bit easier to whip up than my last recipe! Here are the details:

Healthy Cheerio Nut Granola Bars (makes two full 9×11 pans of bars — roughly 24 bars)

  • 1 cup cashews, chopped (or nut of your choice)
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped (or nut of your choice)
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 2 cups Honey Nut Cheerios, smashed
  • 1 cup Craisins (or dried fruit of your choice)
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch salt (omit if any of the nuts are salted)
  • 1/2 cup melted/softened coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 eggsCapture

Directions:Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9×11 pan (or two pans, if you have them) with non-stick spray. Mix together dry ingredients (up to salt), coating everything with the cinnamon. In a separate bowl, mix together oil, butter, honey, and eggs. Pour wet ingredients into bowl of dry ingredients and mix well. Spread half the mixture into the pan and pat down. Bake for 25 minutes. Let cool for at least an hour before cutting!cheerio_nut_granola_bars_DSC0242Yum.

Run.0212151232aJoe and I are keeping Thursday Nashville Lunch Run Club going strong. Even though it was 25 degrees out and crazy windy (as my hair shows), we did it. So proud of us!!0212151233
And for anyone looking to compare the Garmin 610 vs. 620, we did the work for you. Result: They’re both super accurate.garmin610_vs_620_0212151233aAnd that’s all I’ve got for now. Have an awesome weekend, and happy early Valentine’s Day!

  • Favorite brand of granola bar? Or do you make your own?
  • What type of Garmin do you have? Like it or not?
  • What are you doing for Valentine’s Day?!

5 thoughts on “Recipe: Healthy Cheerio Nut Granola Bars

  1. I make my own granola bars, but I love Picky Bars.
    Garmin 620. Love it although it’s too smart for me and I only use half of the features.
    Valentine’s Day: pacing my CMM group for a 19 miler and dinner date with the hubs

    • yeah, KIND must have some super-sticky rice syrup stuff to hold theirs together :). i love their bars, but at $1.25-$2 each, it’s just too much to buy them all the time