Sourdough granola bars

Granola bars have been high on my list of snacks I wanted to learn how to make. For some reason, I found the sourdough version to be the only one that worked for me; soaked or regular versions never turned out quite right. The recipe below can be adapted in so many different ways to come up with any desired flavor. I like using a variety of choices, as it makes each granola bar interesting and flavorful. Here are some of the ideas I’ve used to change up these delicious granola bars:

Ideas for flavors

The base of this recipe is made up of oats, sourdough starter, vanilla, and salt. The rest can be interchanged and adapted to individual taste. Below are some of my favorite ingredients to use, although there are many beyond this list.


A single sweetener can be used, but I prefer a mix of different sweeteners to keep the flavor mellow. This is my preferred combination:

  • 3 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. honey


I typically use 2-4 different nuts per recipe. This depends on what I have on hand and what flavor I am going for. I also like adding sesame seeds because they aren’t very noticeable, and they add good nutritional value.

  • Cashews
  • Walnuts
  • Pecans
  • Almonds
  • 2 Tbsp. sesame seeds

Dried fruit

This is where the flavor really comes through. Depending on what type of dried fruit you use, you will end up with completely different results. I like using 2-4 different dried fruits, unless I am going for a specific flavor.

  • Dried peaches
  • Dried cherries
  • Dried blueberries
  • Dried cranberries
  • Dried figs
  • Dried dates
  • Prunes
  • Raisins
Sourdough granola bars

Sourdough granola bars

Yield: 10 granola bars
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 28 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

A homemade granola bar that is nutritious, filling, and tastier than the storebought version.


  • 1 3/4 c. quick cooking oats
  • 1 c. sourdough starter, active or discard
  • 4 Tbsp. sweetener
  • 1/2 c. dried fruit
  • 2/3 c. chopped nuts
  • 3 Tbsp. flax meal
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt


  1. Mix all liquid ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Add dry ingredients, then stir until well combined.
  2. Press granola firmly into an 8"x8" baking dish lined with parchment paper. Allow to sit at room temperature 2-12 hours (optional).
  3. Bake at 350°F for 28-30 minutes, until golden brown on the edges. Allow to cool in pan for ~ 10 minutes, then remove and allow to cool for at least an additional hour. Cut into bars.


This can also be made in a 8"x4" bread pan with similar results, just increase the temperature to 375°F.

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