‘The Famous Granola Bar’ Recipe

Within my family, I am known for being the maker of ‘the famous granola bars’ – deliciously satisfying, yet healthy, treats made from complete scratch. So, whether you’re looking for something to quiet the growls of your hungry stomach, or a quick ‘grab something as you run out the door’ kind of snack, these slices of goodness are simply perfect. Here’s how you can make them…


  • Rolled oats
  • Golden syrup
  • Nut butter (peanut butter/almond butter/cashew butter)
  • 1/3 cup of Walnuts
  • 1/3 cup of Pistachios
  • 1/3 cup of Almonds
  • 1/3 cup of Cashews
  • 1/3 cup of Pecans
  • 1 cup of Medjool dates
  • 1 cup of raisins or sultanas
  • 1/2 cup of dried apricots
  • 1/3 cup of dried cranberries
  • Desiccated coconut flakes


  • Measuring cups (1 cup, 1/2 cup, 1/3 cup)
  • Large knife
  • Metal spoon
  • Parchment paper
  • Large baking tray
  • Medium baking tray
  • Large cooking pot


  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees
  2. Measure out a 1/3 cup of each type of nut – this recipe works with any type of nuts, so you can use whichever ones you like best
  3. Chop the nuts into small pieces
  4. Spread the chopped nuts across a large baking tray
  5. Measure 3 cups of oats and add them to the baking tray, making sure they’re mixed in with the nuts and spread out evenly
  6. Roast the nut and oat mixture in the oven for 10 minutes
  7. After 10 minutes, remove the baking tray and let it cool whilst continuing with steps 8-13
  8. Measure 1 cup of dates, 1 cup of raisins, 1/2 cup of apricots, 1/3 cup of cranberries
  9. Check if the dates have stones in and, if so, remove them all
  10. Chop the dates and dried fruit into small pieces
  11. Measure 1 cup of golden syrup and 1 table-spoon of nut butter into a large cooking pot
  12. On the stove, heat the syrup and nut butter on a low-medium heat, until it thins to a runny consistency
  13. Turn off the heat
  14. Add the oat and nut mixture and the dried fruit to the golden syrup and mix until all oats are fully coated with syrup
  15. Line the medium baking tray with parchment paper
  16. Pour the mixture onto the parchment paper and spread out evenly, ensuring no gaps or corners are left uncovered
  17. Using the rounded back of the metal spoon, press the granola mixture into the tray – this compacts the mixture, so the finished granola bars will hold their shape
  18. Sprinkle desiccated coconut flakes across the top and press down lightly with the metal spoon
  19. Put baking tray in the freezer for 30 minutes
  20. After the 30 minutes, remove the tray and cut the granola into square or rectangle shaped bars
  21. Store in an air-tight container and refrigerate
  22. ENJOY!

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