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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Chewy Granola Bars

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I adapted this recipe from Brown Eyed Baker's blog. I receive her post via email and Michelle has wonderful recipes! I made these by Michelle's recipe the first time and they are just like the Quaker oat bars you buy in the store!  I have played around with recipe adding different 'extras' and the sky's the limit with what you can do! I'm on a kick about phasing out pre-packaged stuff from our diet and this gives us a great healthy snack free of pre-packaged 'stuff'. I'm sure you'll like it too! Here's my version...

Chewy Granola Bars

1/3 c. light brown sugar
1/3 c. dark brown sugar  (or all light brown if you want)
1/2 c. honey
6 tbls. unsalted butter
1 tsp. almond extract  (or vanilla, I used almond to go w/cherries)

4 c. quick-cooking oats
2 c. crispy rice cereal
Dried cherries, chopped  (you can use any dried fruit!)
Sunflower seeds
Chopped almonds  (use pistachios, walnuts, pecan...)
6 tbls. mini chocolate chips  (try butterscotch or white choc...)
Flaked coconut

1. Lightly grease a 15x10 baking pan; set aside.  (or a 13x9 depends on how thick you want them)

2. In a large bowl, stir the oats and rice cereal together and add any nuts or fruit; set aside. In a small saucepan, melt the brown sugar, honey, and butter together over medium-high heat until it begins to bubble. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the extract.

3. Pour the melted mixture over the dry ingredients and mix well to moisten all ingredients. Pour the oat mixture into the prepared pan and press down to ensure that the ingredients are tightly compacted in the pan. Sprinkle the top evenly with the miniature chocolate chips (and coconut if using) and press down on the top lightly with the back of a spoon.

4. Cool at room temperature for at least 2 hrs. or until the chocolate chips are set before cutting into bars. Wrap in plastic wrap or keep in an airtight container and store at room temperature for up to 5 days.

I found that they stay fairly sticky and soft in the heat we have been having so I keep them in the fridge.



16 comments:

  1. what an excellent idea. I have to agree abut trying to get rid of as much pre-packaged foods as one can..

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  2. Amazing! I didn't know you could make your own granola bars. I think that I may have to give this a try. I think your photos are really good. I like the last one where the bars are all wrapped up waiting for people to 'grab and go!'

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  3. Three amazing things about this recipe. These actually sound good. I've tried to make granola bars before but I've never really liked them much. Two this is a great way to avoid allergens (peanuts, dairy, or whatever). And three of course is that they're fresh from your kitchen.

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  4. Those sound delicious, minus the coconut. By the way, I love the shoes in your header!

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  5. I've never made granola bars, but your recipe sounds very doable. It's a great way to control the ingredients and eliminate preservatives. Thanks for the recipe.

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  6. They look amazing! I'd rather have your bars any day! Saving the recipe, thanks!

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  7. These look so good! Nothing like homemade. Thanks for sharing the recipe :).

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  8. I love the Brown Eyed Baker's recipes! I should get her email newsletter, too! What a great idea.

    These granola bars look fabulous. My girls would love this and I would love being able to adjust the ingredients and maybe even the amount of sugar. Thanks, Peggy! :D

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  9. These look just yummy! What a great snack to have around.

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  10. Yum yum yum!!! I saw you mention on Tami's blog that you'd be doing this today and I'm so glad you did. I've been doing a challenge with my husband to eat non-processed foods for the month and have been wondering about homemade granola. Will try this!

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  11. What a excdllent idea! I love Quaker Oats bars because they seem fairly healthy. But I like the idea of using m own fresh ingredients and making it my own. Thanks Peggy.

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  12. My son isn't a fan of granola bars, but these do look really good and I am sure you could adapt this recipe in lots of ways!

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  13. I stopped purchasing granola bars from the store years ago because my family wouldn't eat them. These look could and so easy to customize to a family's unique taste preferences. Thanks!
    *smiles*

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  14. I've never eaten a granola bar although I'm sure you can get them here. Yours look great and I'm going to try them out, I do something similar with a basic flapjack recipe. Sometimes I leave them in the oven too long and then they have to be eaten with custard!

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  15. I never made something like this before yet I am planning to for ages!

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  16. Sounds delicious and easy enough that I can do it. Thanks for the recipe.

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