Saturday, January 14, 2012

Homemade Granola Bars


I've been trying various granola bar recipes for a while now. This one I really like. The bars hold together well and are not too dry or too crumbly. The great thing about granola is that you can use whatever you have on hand and really customize it to your taste. So feel free to add raisins, chocolate chips, or whatever suits your fancy.

Ingredients:
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup of whole wheat flour
1/4 of crushed walnuts (you will probably have to do this yourself)
2/3 cup of honey
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
6 1/2 ounces chopped dried fruit, any combination of apricots, cherries or blueberries. I used dried cranberries, but I am going to try figs or dates next.
Anything else that you think would be good!

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Mix it all the ingredients together!
  3. Press mixture into buttered pan, 9x9 or 9x13. The key here is to make sure you really press it down, that way it stays together when it's done.
  4. Cook for 25 minutes.
  5. Let cool at least 2 hours before you cut.
  6. Enjoy!

3 comments:

kittiesx3 said...

I make mine in a square muffin pan, that is each muffin is a small square. So I don't have to cut them :-)

Ben said...

sounds like too much work to press it into all those muffin tins :|

kittiesx3 said...

Easier and far less messy than cutting the bars later. But I guess it's a matter of picking your poison.

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