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Granola Bars
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Cranberry Granola Bars


Make your own healthy snack for when you are on the go.



  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon vegetable oil (soybean oil)
  • 1½ cups oatmeal oats, quick (uncooked)
  • 1¼ cups toasted rice cereal
  • 1¼ cups dried cranberries


Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine honey, brown sugar and oil in a small saucepan. Heat over low heat until well mixed. Mix oats, rice cereal and cranberries. Add honey mixture and stir until thoroughly combined. Pat firmly into an 8-by-8-inch baking pan. Bake for 15 minutes; press firmly into the bottom of the pan once more. Bake five more minutes. Cool completely. Refrigerate at least one hour for easier cutting.

Dietary and Nutrition


Soybean oil is derived from the natural oil found in whole soybeans. Oil sold in grocery stores under the name “vegetable oil” usually is 100 percent soybean oil or a blend of soybean oil and other oils. Soybean oil is rich in polyunsaturated fats and naturally cholesterol-free.

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