Ranch Life

TOO DIE FOR Granola Bars!

April 20, 2017 OH MY! RAIN RAIN, RAIN! Ok time to work inside and get some projects done. First one on the agenda…cook up some snacks for the weekend work! Around here we spend many hours on the ranch and since our home front is a ¼ mile down the road, we need to have some quick snacks and healthy ones at that! So today I made up some homemade granola bars that are TOO DIE FOR! I love this snack as it is not only easy to eat, but all the ingredients just make you feel good inside and out! I also made a batch of some ELECTROLYTE TEA which again we keep in the refrigerator knowing the weekend will be used up with working spring projects and the need for our bodies to be well hydrated! The SON is going to shine…so take the day that isn’t so bright to prepare.

TOO DIE FOR Granola Bars:
  • 6 cups Rolled Oats (not Quick Oats)
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter, Melted, Plus More For Greasing
  • 1/4 cup Vegetable Or Canola Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup Fresh squeezed Orange Juice
  • 1/4 cup Molasses
  • 3 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1-1/2 cup Rice Krispies
  • 1 cup Flax Seed
  • 1/2 cup Finely Chopped Pecans
  • ½ cup Roughly Chopped Almonds
  • ½ cup of Sunflower seeds
Chocolate chips and white chocolate melted for dipping bars. SIDE NOTE>Feel free to add other goodies, like raisins, peanut butter, dried fruit


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a bowl, toss the oats with the canola oil, melted butter, and salt. Spread the mixture out on 2 baking sheets and toast in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, shaking the pan twice and making sure they don’t burn. Remove from the oven and set aside. Reduce the heat to 325 degrees F. In a medium saucepan, combine the brown sugar, honey, orange juice, and molasses. Heat the mixture slowly, stirring until all combined. Stir in the vanilla. Toss together in the mixer the toasted oats, rice cereal, wheat germ, pecans, and almonds. Pour in the sugar mixture, stirring as you pour. Toss to combine; it will be sticky! Press into 1 baking sheet (thoroughly greased with butter) and bake until golden, about 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. You will be tempted to cut these earlier than they are ready which DON’T DO…I let mine set overnight to make sure they will harden and crispy. Cut pieces with a sharp knife and remove from the pan. NOW the fun part and of course finger licking time too… Dip the cooled granola bars straight into the melted chocolate so that the top is plain and the bottom is chocolate-covered. Set on parchment. ENJOY and remember… LOVE deeper and TALK sweeter! Lee