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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Quick & Easy Granola Bars

I cook mostly from scratch to avoid preservatives and know what is in the food we're eating.  Thankfully, I enjoy time in the kitchen!  I was just sharing this recipe with a friend and thought you might like it, too.  These are a fast, easy alternative to store-bought granola bars.  They can be crunchy or chewy depending on how long you bake them.  Change the flavor by trying different dried fruits or chocoalte chips.  Also amazing with 1 c. peanut butter added!  These keep well in a sealed container.

Here’s my recipe for Easy Granola Bars. I started with the Playgroup Granola Bars recipe, with a few changes to suit our family. Here’s the original Playgroup Granola Bars: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Playgroup-Granola-Bars/

Double Batch Easy Granola Bars

5 c. oats
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. ground flax seed (or wheat germ)
2 tsp cinnamon
2 c. flour (white or wheat)
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 c. raisins (or other dried fruit or chocolate chips)
1 c. oil
1 c. honey
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
(1 cup peanut butter is great to add if using chocolate chips!)
1. Preheat oven to 350’. Generously grease a 10 x 15 jelly roll pan.

2. In large bowl, mix together dry ingredients and raisins. Stir in oil, honey, eggs & vanilla. Mix well. Pat evenly into prepared pan.

3. Bake until bars turn golden at the edges. Cool for 5 minutes, then cut into bars while still warm. Do not allow bars to cool completely before cutting, or they will be too hard to cut.

Chewy bars: bake 20-25 minutes (convection 350 x 20 min is our family favorite)

Crunchy bars: bake 30-35 minutes

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