Chewy Wheat Bran Granola Bars

My grocery store recently moved the unprocessed wheat bran from the bulk section to the cereal aisle. The downside is it’s now in a box, so it costs a little more. The upside is that the box, which happens to be Hodgson Mill brand, has a bunch of good recipes on the back, including these Bran Granola Bars.

Chewy Wheat Bran Granola Bars

These bars are for bran lovers. If you are just okay with bran and choke it down because it’s good for you, you may not like these. However, if you love really grainy, chewy textured bran muffins and things like that, you’ll be happy. They’re definitely treat-worthy and sweet with the peanut butter, sugar and corn syrup, but the oats, oat bran and especially the wheat bran make the bars quite chewy. If you’re not sure you want to commit to a full 9×13 pan, just halve the recipe and make it in an 8 inch square pan.

Chewy Wheat Bran Granola Bars

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Chewy Wheat Bran Granola Bars
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Chewy granola bars made with wheat bran, oat bran, oats and peanut butter
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 24
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 2/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cup oats
  • 1 1/4 cups unprocessed wheat bran
  • 1 1/4 cups oat bran
  • 1/3 cup miniature chocolate chips (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x13 inch metal pan with nonstick foil.
  2. In a mixing bowl, stir together the butter, corn syrup, peanut butter, brown sugar, vanilla and salt. Add the oats, wheat bran and oat bran and stir well, then stir in the chocolate chips.
  3. Press mixture into the lined pan and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool completely (this is important). Remove from pan and slice into bars. For chewier bars, put them in the refrigerator.
For a half batch, halve all the ingredients and use an 8 inch square metal pan. Also, I scored the bars while still warm and then without separating, let them cool completely. I'm not sure that was necessary, but if you are impatient and want to cut them before they are completely cool, you can. Just don't try to pull them apart! They hold together best after being completely cooled and if you have time, chilled.


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  1. Diane Turley says

    I wanted to respond to a previous post about Graeters Ice Cream. We moved back to Austin after 14 years in Cincinnati, you must try Graeters Black Raspberry Chip, it was my favorite. I haven’t looked for it in groceries stores here because I am still getting my fill of Amy’s mexican vanilla. But eventually I am sure I will seek it out 🙂

  2. says

    I think my daughter would LOVE these. Thanks for the review!
    Couldn’t post this in your previous post but we have fond memories of Graeter’s. My SIL sent some on dry ice when our son had his tonsils out. I’m going to have to try your crockpot pudding cake too. I have a friend who is amused by crock pot desserts and I think she’s on a mission to try them all.

  3. says

    Diane, thanks for the tip! Sorry you couldn’t comment under the Graeter’s post. For some reason the comments were turned off (???).

    Sue, let me know what you think! Also, your SIL sounds like an awesome person.

    Martha, I’ll check your blog for a review. Love all the healthy recipes.

  4. C L says

    I will definitely make these! They look delicious and simple. Peanut butter, oatmeal and chocolate chips….all in one place…oh boy! 🙂

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