I realized back in my Whole Wheat Update Post I never gave you the recipe I have been using for Granola Bars. Since I don’t really like oatmeal for breakfast that much, I figured trying out different granola bar recipes would be a good way to use my oats. I got this recipe from allrecipes.com. Granola bars can be tricky, some people like them crunchy some like them soft. This recipe is pretty basic and you can switch out the chocolate chips for raisins or whatever your family likes.
Easy Granola Bars
4 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup all-purpose flour (I used whole wheat flour that I ground)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup butter, softened — Better believe I substituted this with Applesauce 😉
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 cups miniature semisweet chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Lightly grease one 9×13 inch pan.
2. In a large mixing bowl combine the oats, flour, baking soda, vanilla, butter or margarine, honey and brown sugar. Stir in the 2 cups assorted chocolate chips, raisins, nuts etc.
3. Lightly press mixture into the prepared pan. Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for 18 to 22 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool for 10 minutes then cut into bars. Let bars cool completely in pan before removing or serving.
I love making these and them putting them individually cut in a Tupperware for a quick snack option. You don’t have to substitute the butter with applesauce, I just always like to try it whenever I can…;)
-Jodi Weiss Schroeder