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Sourdough Granola Bars

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Amazingly, both children are still asleep as I type this. Normally they are both early risers – Munchkin at 5:30 and Ladybug around 6 or 6:30. Every morning. But this morning they are both still sleeping, and I am enjoying the peace on the back porch with a cup of coffee. I am seriously enamored with our backyard. Its a big empty slate just asking to be landscaped and loved (I’m dreaming of some cross of a prairie and a country garden!), but what I love is the trees right behind our fence. It gives the illusion of us being in the country somewhere, and is positioned just right to watch the sun rise while peeking through the trees. It is definitely lovely.

This month for Sourdough Surprises we took things to the unexpected and made granola bars! Wow! Who knew you could make granola bars with your stater? And who thought they would be so easy, so versatile and so delicious?! They turned out to be a little on the chewy side (as opposed to crunchy granola bars) but I like that! I had a really hard time deciding what to put in mine, so I kind of did a bit of everything – dried fruit, walnuts, pepitas, oats, flax seed, maple syrup and of course chocolate chips! These are good the day you make them, but the next day they are great (once they have had a chance to really firm up a little and the flavors to come out).

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Yield: 9 bars

Sourdough Granola Bars

Sourdough Granola Bars

These soft and chewy sourdough granola bars are a perfect use of your sourdough discard starter!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 1/3 cup quinoa (not cooked)
  • 1 cup dried fruit
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup pepitas
  • 1 1/2 cups oats
  • 2 TBSP flax seeds
  • 2 TBSP wheat germ
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup sourdough starter


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. Press into a 8x8 baking pan.
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden.
  4. Allow to cool thoroughly, then cut into bars and enjoy!


Keywords: snack sourdough

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 319Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 11mgCarbohydrates: 53gFiber: 6gSugar: 25gProtein: 7g

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Friday 5th of June 2020

Any idea if these would freeze well?


Tuesday 9th of June 2020

Hi Krista! I have not tried to freeze these yet! I don't know why it wouldn't work, though. If you give it a try, let me know how it goes!


Thursday 20th of November 2014

These were sooo good, and such a great alternative to the packages with unpronounceable ingredients. I used active starter, but since the batter didn't proof, it didn't really rise. I'd love to use up some of the discarded starter I have saved in the fridge without activating it. Would you recommend this method on these bars?


Tuesday 25th of November 2014

You bet! I have made these both with freshly fed starter and with starter just out of the fridge, and both turn out great!


Tuesday 26th of August 2014

Quinoa? Wow. I wish I had thought of that.

Rachel Hammer

Tuesday 26th of August 2014

Quinoa, awesome! And even more awesome--getting a moment to thyself. Enjoy that backyard, it is lovely!


Monday 25th of August 2014

Hi Jenni, what a beautiful porch! Your granola bars look delicious. I actually loved the idea of using sourdough for that. Thanks for the lovely comment!

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