Whole Grain Oatmeal Raisin Bars

I love chewy granola and cereal bars, but the commercial brands are loaded with sugar and not-so-wholesome ingredients. I’ve tried many different recipes for homemade granola bars, but nothing has met my standards until this.

I adapted this recipe from a Betty Crocker cookbook that my mother gave me for Christmas. The original recipe used more sugar and pie filling. I replaced the pie filling with raisins, the excess sugar with honey.

Now, this is my favorite recipe for an on-the-go breakfast or snack.

Whole Grain Oatmeal Raisin Bars

Whole Grain Oatmeal Raisin Bars


1 Stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter or coconut oil

1 1/2 cup whole oats

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 cup whole cane sugar

1/4 cup honey

1 cup raisins or chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x9x2 pan. Melt the butter.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine all of the ingredients. Stir until all of the dry ingredients are wet and a course mixture is formed.
  3. Transfer to the pan and press firmly and evenly into the bottom of the pan.
  4. Bake in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden on the edges. Watch carefully so it doesn't burn!


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Vanessa Pruitt
Vanessa's goal is to help people take steps toward a happier, healthier life. She is the founder of Natural Family Today and Nerdy Millennial, where she also blogs about relationships, career, blogging, college, and issues facing fellow millennials.

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