Saturday, September 26, 2009

Homemade Granola Bars

Homemade Granola Bars
Courtesy of the Cypress Family Fellowship Women's Recipe Party 2009

You can get at least 20 good-sized bars from this recipe, which is about the equivalent of 3 boxes of Quaker Chewy Granola Bars. So even though butter and honey are on the pricey side, this still works out to be nicely frugal. Cost: $2.50-$3.00

4 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup whole wheat flour, or spelt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup honey
1 cup of your choice of add-ins

mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (or 1/4 cup cocoa powder)
chopped walnuts or pecans (any nut would do)
dried fruit
sunflower seeds
**1/2 cup peanut butter in place of 1/2 cup butter and 1/2 cup honey (add a little water if the peanut butter makes it too thick.

Lightly butter a jelly roll pan (or 9x13" pan, but this makes them really thick).

In a large mixing bowl, combine butter and honey. Add all ingredients EXCEPT add-ins. Beat hard until combined. Stir in the add-ins. Press mixture into pan - really jam it in there so the bars won't fall apart. (You can use your hands)

Bake at 325 degrees for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Let cool for at least 10 minutes before cutting into bars. It is important to cut at this point; later, they will be too hard to cut. Let bars completely cool in the pan before removing to serve them.

Store in any tightly sealed container or freeze them right away to preserve the best flavor.
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1 comment:

Lucy Marie said...

I'm always looking for new granola bar recipes. I'll have to try this one. Thanks!

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