Granola Bars

by angelika on April 9, 2011

Little Man and I made these granola bars yesterday, and boy were they good. I say were, as they only lasted the night! That’ll teach me to cut a recipe in half. These come together in a matter of minutes, and you can add in anything you have around. Super tasty, delicious chewy texture, and great snack to send to the park or to school. You know, provided you don’t eat them all in a day.

Granola Bars
4 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup butter at room temperature
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 cups assorted add in’s
(we used chocolate chips, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, cherries and raisins)
This recipe comes from all recipes.  I only changed the flour from white to whole wheat. 
Preheat the oven to 325º.  Lightly grease a pan, about 9 x 13. 
In a large mixing bowl combine all the ingredients saving the add ins. I found that this was best mixed by hand, squishing the butter to make sure it really gets incorporated. Getting messy in the kitchen is half the fun, and the part my kids like best. Just make sure the little carrier monkeys have clean hands. Once the mixture is combined, stir in your add ins. You can use any combination of nuts, seeds, and dried fruit. A little chocolate makes the kids think it is a special treat. 
Press the mixture into your pan. Mine is a small brownie pan, as I cut the recipe in half. (I didn’t have enough oats on hand) Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown. 

Let the granola bars cool for 10 minutes, then take a sharp knife and cut the bars. Leave them in the pan until they are completely cool. Then use a knife or spatula to free them. 
If you have any left over, store them in an airtight container for up to a week. 
A votre santé! 

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Melissa April 22, 2011 at 11:33 pm

I made these with my 2 year old and 4 year old, they had a lot of fun measuring out ingredients and getting messy mixing with their hands. The granola bars turned out really delicious. Definitely a recipe we'll be making a couple of times a month.

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Rainbow Waters September 26, 2011 at 5:24 am

When I made these, they came out too crumbly!! Can you tell me what I did wrong? I love the flavor of these, but I want them to stay together like a granola bar!! Maybe more honey next time? Or more butter?

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Angelika September 26, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Hi Rainbow Waters,

I would try more butter. A lot depends on the absorbency of the oats. You want the whole mixture to really hold together in your hand. Like biscuit dough in texture. Does that make sense? You know how biscuit dough is stiff but holds together?

Angelika

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