Homemade Granola BarsSubmitted by: MKKRISTEN
4.5 cups oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup softened butter
1 cup honey
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup cinnamon chips
1/4 cup ground flax seed
Then add all ingredients except add-ins. Beat hard until combined. Stir in add-ins. Press mixture into pan ó really jam it in there so your bars donít fall apart. (You can use your hands!) Bake at 325 degrees for 25 minutes until golden brown. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before cutting into bars. Let bars cool completely in pan before removing and serving.
Just right after baking, but much too soft to cut right now.
I get at least 20 good-sized bars from this recipe. I figure it might be the equivalent of 3 boxes of Quaker chewy granola bars, so even though butter and honey are on the pricey side, this still works out to be nicely frugal.
Adapted from a recipe in Faith and Family magazine
Add 1/4 cup cocoa powder and skip the chocolate chips
Use 1/2 cup natural peanut butter in place of 1/2 cup of butter (tried this today Ė it is divine!)
The honey flavor is very distinct in this recipe, but when using peanut butter, it almost disappears. Iím wondering if PB is sweet enough that I can cut out some honey and just use water instead.
Crumbs in the bottom of the storage bag? So yummy over homemade yogurt with fresh fruit!
What else can you do with these? Do share!
Added Bonus: You also only have to turn the oven on once and can use the same 9x13 glass baking dish for both recipes, saving energy/$ and yet another dirty dish!
Number of Servings: 24
Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user MKKRISTEN.