Sunday, April 26, 2009

Homemade Granola Bars

I got this recipe from Tanya Searle in the University Ward. They really are good and so much better for you than store bought. 

4 cups quick cooking oats
2 cup wheat flour
1 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup wheat germ
1tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1 cup canola oil
1 cup honey
2 eggs
4 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup peanut butter chips
1 cup chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a large jelly roll pan (12x17ish) with aluminum foil, and spray with “pam”.

2. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together. You may need to mix with your hands. Press evenly into the prepared baking pan.

3. Bake 20-25 minutes, or until the edges are golden. Let cool about 5 minutes in the pan. Turn out onto a large cutting board and peel off foil. Cut with a sharp knife or pizza cutter. I usually cut 40 (4x10 rows). Let cool a bit more and then individually wrap with saran wrap. These freeze well. You can substitute the chocolate and peanut butter chips with your choice of add-ins. I know Tanya has tried  chopped pretzel pieces with chocolate chips, craisins and almonds, white chocolate chips with macadamia nuts, coconut and raisins. I've tried craisins and chocolate chips and dried strawberries with chocolate chips. Both awesome.

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