Granola Bars

Since I already had the ingredients for granola, I decided to try my hand at some homemade granola bars. I don’t particularly like store-bought granola bars. They have a weird aftertaste and aren’t really satisfying. These granola bars are filling without being too dense; they are soft, not crunchy, so they’re pretty great on the go. I don’t really eat them as snacks because it’s just too much, but I’ve been carrying them in my bag in case I miss lunch. I also eat one about 45 minutes before heading to the gym.

Word of warning: The original recipe calls for chocolate chips, but I think that makes them too rich. I’m going to stick with dried fruits and nuts the next time I make them.

granola bars

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1/3 cup wheat germ
1/3 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/3 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup peanut butter (I used chunky)
3/4 cup honey
1/4 cup jam (I used strawberry)
2 teaspoons vanilla
3/4 cup chocolate chips
3/4 cup raisins

Directions:

Combine the rolled oats, whole-wheat flour, wheat germ and sunflower seeds in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, stir together the brown sugar, peanut butter, honey, jam and vanilla. Pour the liquid mixture into the oat mixture and stir with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula until completely combined. Add the raisins and chocolate chips and press into an even layer in a lightly greased 9×13″ baking dish. Bake the granola bars at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown.

Remove the pan from the oven and slice the granola bars immediately. However, let them cool completely in the pan before scooping them out. They’ll be too soft to retain their shape before then.

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2 Responses to Granola Bars

  1. Melia says:

    Ooh, these look so good. Back when I was tutoring and tended to eat on the go, I ate Clif Bars like they were goin’ out of style. They’re not bad, but not great, either. The ones that taste good tend to have a bunch of preservatives and additives in them.

    I was just Googling Clif Bars and found this no-bake natural Clif Bar recipe, which looks good, too.

  2. Katie says:

    They are pretty good when made from the recipe, and I just made a new batch and substituted apple butter for the jam. I added almonds, peanuts, raisins and cranberries and cut out the chocolate chips. They were so much better!

    I didn’t realize you could make energy bars, too. I might have to mix up a batch of those Clif bars.

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