Tuesday

Home-made Snacks: Granola Bars

My mom has a granola bar recipe that is actually quite good. One problem: they are chewy and I like crunchy. So I have been on the hunt for a good crunchy granola bar recipe. I have tried a couple and this is the one I like the best. They are just chewy enough that they stay together when my son is eating them but they still have a little of the the crunch I love. They are even husband approved.

I found this recipe on The Pioneer Women's blog. She has lots of good pictures if you are interested. The one thing I didn't like about this recipe is all the butter, oil and sugar. The second time I made these I left the oil and butter out and just toasted the oats. Unfortunately the bars just fell part.  I guess it is the fat that gives them the slight chew. I halved this recipe and added frozen chocolate chips at the end just before they are pored into the pan and they turned out great. Let me know what you think.

Ingredients

  • 6 cups Rolled Oats (not Quick Oats)
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter, Melted, Plus More For Greasing
  • ¼ cups Vegetable Or Canola Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • ½ cups Honey
  • ¼ cups Apple Juice
  • ¼ cups Molasses
  • 3 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1-½ cup Rice Krispies
  • 1 cup Wheat Germ (I used flax seed meal)
  • ½ cups Finely Chopped Pecans
  • ¼ cups Roughly Chopped Almonds
  • 8 ounces, weight Milk Chocolate Or Chocolate Almond Bark, Melted (optional)

Preparation Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a bowl, toss the oats with the canola oil, melted butter and salt. Spread the mixture out on 2 baking sheets and toast in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, shaking the pan twice and making sure they don’t burn. Remove from the oven and set aside.
Reduce the heat to 325 degrees F.
In a medium saucepan, combine the brown sugar, honey, apple juice and molasses. Heat the mixture slowly, stirring until all combined. Stir in the vanilla.
Toss together the toasted oats, rice cereal, wheat germ, pecans and almonds. Pour in the sugar mixture, stirring as you pour. Toss to combine; it will be sticky!
Press into 1 baking sheet (thoroughly greased with butter, or line pan with foil and grease foil) and bake until golden, about 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Cut pieces with a sharp knife and remove from the pan.
OPTIONAL
Dip the cooled granola bars straight into the melted chocolate so that the top is plain and the bottom is chocolate-covered. Set on parchment until set, sticking in the fridge to hasten this along if necessary.
Yum yum!

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