Mar 262013
 
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Homemade Granola Bars

Homemade Granola Bars

When I was a kid, store-bought granola bars were the norm in brown-bag lunches. I seem to remember them being more substantial in size than they are now. Maybe that’s just my weird adult-child size perception being skewed. The current bars are less than an ounce each, and that just seems so wee to me. Especially at around $2.99 a box for eight of them! And of course, the store-bought variety includes fun stuff like TBHQ and BHT. No sir, I don’t like it.

These homemade granola bars are easy peasy to throw together, and taste only a kabillion times better than the boxed variety. They’re chewy and packed with flavor. I’m told you can keep them up to a week in an air-tight container, but let’s face it — food doesn’t last that long around here. In fact, I made these yesterday around 3, went to Target with my bestie for about two hours and came home to half the pan gone and everyone looking sheepish. Yep, they’re tasty.

Homemade Granola Bars

2 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup wheat germ
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips*
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup honey
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup canola oil (or coconut oil)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

You can add-in just about anything to this one. I like to add a 1/2 C. shredded coconut, or chopped dried cherries and nuts. Really, the sky is the limit.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Generously grease a 9×13 inch baking pan. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar, wheat germ, cinnamon, flour, mini chocolate chips,  and salt. Make a well in the center, and pour in the honey, egg, oil and vanilla. Mix well using a wooden spoon. Pat the mixture evenly into the prepared pan – using slightly damp fingers seems to work well instead of a spoon or spatula. Bake for 30  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.

Adapted from Mom Advice

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Nicole Q.

Nicole is an Army wife and mother of three kiddos ages 14, 10 & 8, 3 cats, and a spoiled dog. When not blogging, she is usually found in the kitchen (creating masterpieces or disasters, it's always a toss-up) or hiding in the bedroom trying to read "just one more chapter" before the kids burn the house down. She's a little bit crafty, a lot nerdy, and has huge opinions on just about everything. And no, she will not fix your computer for you. Google

  5 Responses to “Homemade Granola Bars”

  1. These look amazing and I looooove granola bars! I may give them a try with an egg replacer! Thanks :)
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  2. I would like to thank you for this recipe. These were so easy to make. The kids absolutely love them!
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    • I’m so glad your children liked them! They’re very versatile and easy to switch up the flavors. :)

  3. [...] 1. Baking — you can use it to replace any oil in a baking recipe. If you’re a weirdo like me, you’ll even be able to taste the subtle coconut flavor which kicks up any sweet about three hundred notches. At least in my world. As an example, take a gander at my homemade granola bar recipe. [...]

  4. I have been trying healthier and cheaper snacks for my daughter. She is very picky which makes it harder. These look like something she would eat, so I will be giving these a try.

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