May 19, 2011

Granola Bars

On the left: Noah's 1st reaction when I asked him to hold the pan of granola bars and smile.  On the right: Noah's forced smile, still not understanding why he has to hold the pan of granola bars and smile.

Yummy Homemade Granola Bars
I found this recipe on allrecipes (one of my faves) and have made it many times. My kids are fans, and you can even mix it up with different healthy ingredients--I like to add sunflower seeds and craisins (you just add with the dry ingredients). Or you could get crazy and add chocolate chips. :) It works out great because granola bars are super expensive in Brazil and so I make a double batch of these and stick them in my kid's lunches.

2 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup wheat germ
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup raisins (optional)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup honey
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Generously grease a 9x13 inch baking pan.
In a large bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar, wheat germ, cinnamon, flour, raisins and salt. Make a well in the center, and pour in the honey, egg, oil and vanilla. Mix well using your hands. Pat the mixture evenly into the prepared pan.
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until the bars begin to turn golden at the edges. Cool for 5 minutes, then cut into bars while still warm. Do not allow the bars to cool completely before cutting, or they will be too hard to cut.



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