A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned my love for the Whole Food’s granola bars. You know the ones that are always in the checkout line? Yeah, those. I had a reader recommend a copycat recipe for them, and I was instantly intrigued. I finally got around to making them on Wednesday, and I was blown away. A Spicy Perspective, the recipe creator, was spot on. Her recipe is so close to the Whole Food’s recipe that it’s almost unbelievble. She must know an insider because seriously…they’re identical.
I plan to use this recipe again and again. I’ve been breaking them apart and topping my yogurt and smoothies with them the past couple of days. My mom said that the bars are banned from her house because she ate four in one night. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t do the same…
As you can see, the bars are also identical in appearance. The only thing I forgot to do was chop up the cashews, but it didn’t make much of a difference.
It’s fun to re-make recipes and do a review! I’m planning on doing a lot more of that this year. There are so many talented chefs and bakers out there with so many great recipes to try. I’ve always been a throw everything together randomly type of girl, but I need to venture out more. The only problem with exploring her recipe was diving into all of her other posts. A Spicy Perspective is a great blog! I look forward to following, so thank you, Stephanie, for introducing me!
When you’re making recipes that are filled with nuts and seeds, it can get pricey, especially if you’re only using 1/4 of the bag. I decided to measure out the amounts and bought the nuts and seeds from the bulk section to save money. Next time, I’ll just buy the ingredients from the large bags because I want them leftover in the house so I can make more of the bars. I promise that once you try these, you’ll be making them again and again. I just wanted to show them off to everyone. As soon as I saw Kyle, I practically shoved them in his face to try.
Did he love them? YES!
Copycat Homemade Whole Food's Granola Bars
the best recipe ever from the A Spicy Perspective blog!
- 4 Cups Whole Oats (or quick oats)
- 3/4 Cup Almonds (I used roasted)
- 3/4 Cup Raw Cashews (chop if you want!)
- 1/2 Cup Raw Pepitas
- 2/3 Cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
- 1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries
- 1/2 Cup Raisins
- 1/3 Cup Sesame Seeds
- 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar (i used the Truvia Blend)
- 1/3 Cup Brown Rice Syrup
- 1/4 Cup Honey
- 1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
- 1 1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 Tsp Sea Salt
Use a food processor or blender to grind up the oats.
**I ended up using quick oats as is
In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, sesame seeds, raisins, cranberries, cashews, pepitas, almonds, and shredded coconut. Set aside.
Add the brown sugar, coconut oil, honey, and brown rice syrup in a sauce pot and heat over the stop top on high. Once the coconut oil melts, remove from the heat and stir in the sea salt and vanilla.
Pour the syrup over the dry ingredients and mix well. Make sure to get every ingredient coated in the syrup.
Scoop the mixture out on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Spread evenly.
Place a separate sheet of wax paper over the top of the bars and press down until the bars are flat and packed.
Refrigerate for 2-3 hours before slicing them into bars.
Cut into squares, wrap, and store in the refrigerator!
* I wrapped mine and put them in a container.
These are great for snacking, great for kids, and so easy to make! There is no baking involved, which is always convenient. You could pack these in your kid’s lunches, take them to sporting events, or put them in your office for when you’re hungry. I mean, you don’t need any excuses to make or eat these. They are also money-savers. The boxes of granola or protein bars are pricey; it’s so much better to make them yourself. Plus, it’s nice to know exactly what goes into them. You can customize them any way you want 🙂
I printed out this recipe and stuck it in my files so I can make it for years to come!
These bars are gluten-free, dairy-free, and can be easily made vegan if you substitute the honey for agave!
I look forward to making these again and again! <3 Since Stephanie recomended them to me, it’s now my turn to recomend them to you! 🙂 I hope you enjoy these bars as much as I do!
Questions for you!
- Will you be making these?
- Do you have a favorite recipe that you’ve made multiple times? (Link me to it!)
- What recipe should I post Sunday!? Salmon, White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Balls, or Tofu Kebabs!?