Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Chewy Granola Bars




 I have been making these Granola Bars from Mom Advice for a few months and have fallen in love with them. My husband brings these to work with his lunches and my kiddos and I eat them for snacks.


I prefer to wrap them up individually or put them in the small snack bags so they are very easy to grab on the go.  If I'm being lazy, I layer them in a container between waxed paper. These get stored in the frig in our house, but if you don't live in a semi-tropical region like myself, you might be able to get away with storing them in a pantry without the chocolate always being a.l.m.o.s.t. melted.

Don't be afraid to mix up the ingredients in these! I've swapped out a cup or so of the oatmeal with rice krispies or puffed rice cereal, and swapped out raisins for the chocolate. I've also replaced a portion of chocolate chips with shredded coconut for something different.

Chewy Granola Bars
recipe adapted from MomAdvice
20 servings

4 1/2 cups oats (old fashioned or quick oats)
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
2/3 cup honey or light corn syrup (corn syrup seems to work a little better)
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup chocolate chips (mini works best, but regular size work, too!)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease on 9 x 13 pan. In a large mixing bowl, mix together all of the ingredients (minus the chocolate chips). Stir in chocolate chips and evenly distribute them through the mixture.


Press into pan (a potato masher works great - this compaction keeps the finished "bars" from crumbling)


and bake for 18-22 minutes. Let cool for at least ten minutes or until almost room temperature. Flip out onto a large cutting board and then cut into 20 bars.



3 comments:

  1. ooh. great idea. I think I might make these today. Thanks!

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  2. Wow, this is such a great idea, why have I never thought to make our own granola bars? At least then you know what is in them, not a bunch of processed stuff. Yours look so yummy! Thanks for visiting me today, too! :)
    Carrie

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