10 February 2012

the best homemade granola bars

I've tried a few granola bar recipes over the years, with not a lot of success. They usually either fell apart or were like cookies. I continued to buy them, until I tried this. I came across a good recipe, then modified it to suit us. It doesn't fail, but if it were to, you can just crumble it all up into little bits and bake it a little longer to make a yummy granola.

Preheat the oven to 350F, then combine the dry ingredients:

2 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup brown sugar or organic palm sugar - I forgot it once, and they were fine with just the honey.
1/2 cup wheat germ
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup whole wheat flour - The original recipe calls for white, if you don't have whole wheat.
3/4 cup dried fruit, nuts, seeds or chocolate ;) - Today, it's raisins, dates, bananas and pumpkin seeds.
3/4 tsp salt

Then the wet ingredients. I just combine them in a measuring cup.

1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup peanut butter - Or try banana or applesauce. (The original recipe was 1/2 cup oil.)
1/2 cup honey
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla extract

It looks pretty disgusting.

Combine the wet and dry ingredients, and press into a greased 9x13 pan. It helps a bit if you grease your fingers too. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until it just starts to brown at the edges. If you bake it too long, it will just end up more like the crunchy type of granola bar. Still really good.

Remove from the oven, and cut into bars while they are still warm. They will be too hard to cut if you allow them to cool before cutting them.

Let  them completely cool, then store in an airtight container. Keep them in the freezer if you don't think you'll eat them very quickly. (or to keep out of sight, out of mind...)

hmm.. I wonder which one is mine?

Yay for granola bars that have only what you want in them, and without all the packaging!

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