Thursday, April 22, 2010

Homemade Granola Bars {Recipe}

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I’ve  finally come up with a recipe for granola bars that we all really enjoy…and are MUCH healthier than their store counterparts. If you visit our house, the kids will most likely attack you during snack time and offer you one of 'Mom's famous granola bars {their words, not mine!}:
  • 4 cups rolled oats {not quick oats}
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup flax seeds, ground
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1/2 bag {6 oz.} of mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar {or 1 cup if no sucanat is used}
  • 1/2 cup sucanat
  • 3/4 to 1 cup honey {depends on how sweet you like them}
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup oil {I used a mix of coconut oil and olive oil}
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
To Make:
  1. Mix all of the dry ingredients together in one bowl. Combine wet ingredients in a second bowl and mix well. Add to the dry ingredients and mix well.
  2. Press the mixture onto a well-greased jelly roll pan
  3. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes. We like ours a little more ‘chewy’ so I baked ours for 25 minutes.
  4. Let cool for about 10 minutes and then cut into bars. Let them finish cooling in the pan.
  5. Remove from the pan and store in an airtight container.
Makes: 24 – 36 bars depending on the size of the bars you cut. I made 24 with the first batch and then cut them smaller {more like a store bought size} the next time and made 36 bars since they are very filling.

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18 comments:

  1. These look very yummmy! I love finding recipes for snacks that are healthy.

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  2. Must. Try. These. :-) Those look yummy, and I got tired of the recipe I was using.

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  3. These make my mouth water!! Nothing like cafeteria food to make you miss all organic :)

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  4. Oh my yummy. I printed this recipe off right away and I'm headed to the store tomorrow. That picture just did me and my pregnant little self in!

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  5. And they're dairy free! YEAH! My 8yo was just dx with a casein allergy. He's convinced he'll never eat anything good ever again... I'm out to prove him wrong!

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  6. These look good-I'm going to try them!

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  7. Those look really tasty! I'll have to see about modifying it for wheat free, which shouldn't be too hard to do.

    ~Luke

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  8. Off to do my grocery shopping, just added choc. chips to the list so that I can make these!

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  9. Hmmm... I made these today and mine were very crumbly. I was logging on to ask your advice when I re-read the recipe and realized I FORGOT TO ADD THE HONEY! Well, what can I expect with a LONG delay while we tried to procure the couple of ingredients we were short on (and didn't realize until after the recipe was started). For the record, they still taste great! They're just probably more suited for a granola cereal or an ice cream crumble than for granola bars. Guess I'll head up and try again. This time I'm going to use dried fruit instead of chocolate chips... and I'll be sure to add the honey! Sigh. Best laid plans.

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  10. Just wanted to say... the second batch which INCLUDED THE HONEY - was perfect! The bars are just the right consistency. They're a bit chewy and hold together nicely! And the fruit (I used dried apricots and dried cherries) was a nice addition if you want something other than chocolate. Thanks again for sharing this recipe!

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  11. OK, I blogged about my misadventures in baking today:

    http://mcquill-land.blogspot.com/2010/04/if-at-first-you-dont-succeed-try-try.html

    One change I did make was to grind up about half of the oatmeal. My kids are not big oatmeal eaters and I was afraid that if they saw too many oatmeal flakes, they might not try the bars. It seemed to work fine this way.

    Also, the fruited bars are REALLY good. I used dried apricots and cherries in this batch.

    Thanks again for sharing the recipe.

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  12. Looks good! I have another recipe we love, I'll email it to you, it won't post on my blog until May! LOL!

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  13. Can you substitute anything for the flax seeds?

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  14. You can omit them if you'd like. :) Might need to add a little bit more flour, but I just have them in there to get a little more nutrition/fiber.

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  15. How much peanut butter do you add and is it a substitute for something else? Just curious.

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  16. I added about 1/2 cup or 3/4 cup ~ no substitute for anything. :) Just added it in.

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  17. Those look really tasty! I'll have to see about modifying it for wheat free, which shouldn't be too hard to do.

    ~Luke

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  18. These look good-I'm going to try them!

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