Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Cinnamon Raisin Granola Bars

Happy Tuesday! I might start posting a "Tuesday Treat" although that title is already used by a Youtuber I follow, so I'd have to come up with another name. This recipe is adapted from Lynn's Easy Homemade Granola Bars. It's crazy how many granola bars that my husband eats in a week--at least a box (of 8, I think) from the store. Since I often forget to restock I decided to look for a recipe where I could make my own without all the preservatives, salt, etc. To Lynn's recipe, I added raisins and cinnamon, because oatmeal raisin are his favorite type of cookies. I didn't have corn syrup, so I doubled the honey, which is why mine aren't quite sticking together as they should. Nonetheless, they're extremely yummy. Note: In addition to my add-ins, I'm also extending the suggested baking time to 25-30 minutes from the 22 she suggests.

(Update: I tried the recipe again with corn syrup and they came out perfect!)


1/2 c butter
1/2 c brown sugar
2 tbs honey
2 tbs corn syrup
2 1/3 c quick oatmeal
1/2 c raisins (or other dried fruit)
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2) In a medium saucepan, melt butter, sugar, corn syrup. Remove from heat.

3) Stir in oatmeal, cinnamon, salt, and raisins. Pour into a 8" square baking pan that has been spritzed.

4) Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.

5) Cool in pan for 5-10, then cut into bars. Cool completely on a wire rack.

8 bars



  1. Ummm, are quick oatmeal the same as old fashioned oatmeal? Do you think adding chocolate chips would affect baking time?

  2. Oatmeal that comes in the big tubes, not the pre-seasoned packets, comes in two types: regular and quick oats. the Regular oatmeal has large oats takes about 5 minutes to cook, while quick oats are more flake-like and take 1 minute. I always bake cookies with quick oats because the texture is different. However, I understand you can use both somewhat interchangeably. Also, cookies only bake for 10 minutes while these bake for 25. As for chocolate chips, that's next on my list to try and I don't think it will affect baking time. You're really looking for the granola to harden around the mix-ins.