My family enjoys granola bars. I reallywant my family to have healthy granola bars. I know it sounds kind ofcrazy that homemade granola bars could be healthy since the recipesare often found in the cookie section of a cookbook. However, when agranola bar recipe is made from scratch at home, I have more controlover the quality of the ingredients as well as gaining the ability tochange the recipe to my family’s tastes.
Homemade Granola Bars
3 cups quick-cooking rolled oats
3 cups chopped nuts, sunflower seeds,sesame seeds, or shredded coconut
1 ½ cups flour
1 ½ cups raisins, craisins, otherdried fruit, or semi-sweet chocolate chips*
3 beaten eggs
1 cup honey, maple syrup, or othersyrup/liquid sweetener
1 cup cooking oil
¾ cups packed brown sugar
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Place greased aluminum foil on a barpan that measures about 15 1/2″ x 10”. Mix the first 5ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add eggs, honey or syrup, oil,brown sugar, and cinnamon. Press onto aluminum foil lined pan.
Bake in a 325 degree oven for 30-35minutes or edges are browned. Cool, then use foil to lift granolabars from pan. Cut into bars and enjoy. Store left overs in an airtight container. Makes about 75 bars.
* Since I love chocolate, we usuallyuse a combination of chocolate chips, raisins, and/or craisins toequal 1 ½ cups.
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