Homemade Chewy Granola Bars

Abby - posted on 01/30/2009 ( 1 mom has responded )

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There are three version here. One that is closer to the original recipe and the "healthier" versions that I personally prefer. =) It all has to do with the sugars used and how you like it. I should mention that I like to toast all my nuts and seeds before I mix them together. This can be done simply on a baking sheet in the oven for a few minutes.

1/2 cup packed brown sugar OR
- 1/4 cup b. sugar and 1/4 cup molasses OR
- 1/4 cup honey and 1/4 cup molasses (omit corn syrup and choc chips)
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup corn syrup
1/4 cup butter
1 t. vanilla
1 and 1/2 cup quick oats (I use a combination quick and rolled)
1/4 cup sunflower kernels (and/or those green pumpkin seeds)
1/4 cup raisins
3 T. toasted wheat germ or oat bran
1 T. sesame seeds (don't toast!)
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (these will melt

I also add: for texture and flavor
- 1/4-1/2 cup toasted chopped pecans and/or toasted sliced almonds
- 2 T. flax seeds (very healthy!)

Combine in a large pan over low heat till mixed together: Br. sugar, PB, corn syrup, butter and vanilla.
Remove from heat and stir in: oats, sunflower kernels, raisins, wheat germ and sesame seeds (and all extras).
Press into 8 inch square baking dish coated with non-stick spray (I use a deep dish glass pie plate).
Optional: sprinkle with sliced almonds
Bake @ 350 for 15-20 minutes or until edges are browned. Don't over bake.
Cool completely.
Cut into bars.
Yields one dozen (more in my experience)
Note: These granola bars are best if allowed to stand covered for 1 day before serving.
ENJOY!

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Joni - posted on 01/30/2009

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Hi Abby,
These sound good with lots of healthy ingredients. Just to add some other possibilities to the mix: I use only honey for a sweetener, I use canola oil instead of butter, I don't use peanut butter or vanilla or chocolate chips, and I add other dried fruit, such as cranberries, chopped apricots, etc., and I often add coconut to the mix.
Just some alternatives.

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