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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

FOOD-Homemade Granola Bars

homemade granola bars

I was VERY nervous to try these after reading the comments about how some of them didn't turn out! I followed some of the suggestions, and they turned out perfectly! 

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups Rice Krispies
2 cups oats
1/4 cup ground flax seed
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup brown sugar

1/2 peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions (from SunScholars.blogspot.com)

Throw your dry ingredients into a large bowl.  Rice Krispies, oatmeal, flaxseed and cinnamon (both optional).  Toss until blended.

Note:  I don't think that it matters what kind of oats you use.  I will always use whatever happens to be in my cupboard, whether they are instant, rolled... whatever!  Also, a few people have commented that their bars have come out crumbly.  This is due to the proportion of the dry ingredients to the wet (honey and peanut butter mixture). 

To be on the safe side... reserve a cup of your dry ingredient mixture to add in once you mix your peanut butter and honey mixture.

I like to line a 9"x13" baking dish with wax paper.  My kids like chocolate on their bars, so I spread some chocolate chips on the bottom of the dish ahead of time.
(You can substitute regular chocolate chips here... I just usually use the mini.)

Place honey and brown sugar in a medium sauce pan.  Heat to boiling over medium heat while stirring constantly.

Once boiling, remove from heat.


Add peanut butter and vanilla to your sugar mixture.


Stir until well blended.


Pour your peanut butter/sugar mixture over your dry ingredients.


Acting quickly, gently blend until it is well combined.

If you took my advice, and set a cup of your dry ingredients aside, add them if it looks like the mixture can handle it.  You want everything to have a nice coating of the peanut butter and honey mixture to hold together!

Pour your granola mixture into your prepared dish (the one with the wax paper and chocolate chips).  Use a spatula to spread the mixture evenly.  I like to add some sprinkles over top at this point. 

Use your spatula to firmly press your granola mixture down so it is nice and compact.
Set the pan aside to cool completely.  I like to give it an hour or so.  I've placed it in the fridge in the past, but if it gets too cold, your bars are more likely to crack when you cut them... so be careful not to leave in the fridge for too long.

When your granola is cooled, transfer to a cutting board.   I try to get 16-18 bars cut with each recipe.


Here are pictures from my attempt. i'm very happy with how they turned out. 


I cut the oats hoping it would help them stay together better.


I set aside the extra cup like they said and ended up using it in a different recipe that called for 1 cup of just about the same ingredients. See No Bake Energy Bites








I greased my fingers with butter to make sure it was pressed together really well.





10 comments:

  1. Looks good and thanks for sharing the recipe!

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad I tried them...I will hopefully make them regularly.

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  2. These do look delicious. I made some with slightly different ingredients and they were a HIT! Next time I plan to use larger chocolate chips. Could barely taste the small ones in mine.

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    1. I might mix the choc chips in next time because my kids' little fingers get messy with them on the outside.

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  3. OOOH Thanks for sharing, I am going to try these!

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  4. Sounds yummy! I like things like this that I can use with my workouts that aren't overly sweet but can replenish my energy.

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    1. Yes! These should have a lot of protein in them!

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  5. I would love to make my own granola bars. These seem really easy to make and healthy, I would add in some dried berries and nuts :)

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    1. That would taste great! I really think these are better than any store bought ones I have had.

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