Monday, June 8, 2009

I originally found this recipe on Allrecipes, but what I will post below is my rendition of it. They are fairly healthy for a snack, extremely fast to make and wonderfully versatile. (Enjoying my excessively used adverbs?)

Playgroup Granola Bars

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ (or whole wheat flour)
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup raisins (optional)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup honey (or 1/4 c. honey and 1/4 c. corn syrup - if you don't like strong honey flavor)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil (or 1/4 c. oil and 1/4 c. peanut butter)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Optional additions: coconut, buckwheat kernels, favorite seeds, favorite nuts, dried apples, cranberries, dried apricots, chocolate chips, etc... (I did try it with chocolate chips once, but I wasn't impressed. My version reduces the sugar by two-thirds because the dried fruit adds plenty of its own natural sugars, but if you only add chocolate chips you may need more brown sugar.)

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a 9x13 inch pan with tin foil and grease.
2. In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients and any additions you've chosen.
3. Make a well in the center, and add the honey/corn syrup, egg, oil/peanut butter and vanilla.
4. Mix well using your hands and pat into the baking pan.
5. Bake for about 20 minutes, but keep an eye on them. Once the edges start turning a nice golden brown, remove.
6. Immediately flip upside-down unto a cutting board and peel off the tinfoil
7. Cut into bars before they cool and get crumbly
8. If you can wait, allow to cool... or just do like I do and test-taste one... two... three... yum!

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