Barefoot Kids

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Homemade Granola Bars

I made granola bars for the second time today (used less oil, forgot to double they turned out more scone like..but still slightly chew and yummy!) Nyla loved both and I even got at least a thumb up from Ian, slightly hard to please husband. Olivia and Max are indifferent, I think they prefer the chocolate loaded chewy (aka, more oiled up granola bars that actually tasted more like oatmeal chocolate chip cookies). I made craisin walnut and chocolate chunk (though didn't have much chocolate so the chocolate pieces were a bit sparse. Today's recipe:
  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup flax meal
  • 1/4 cup dry chia seeds
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (only in the craisin walnut batch)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • handful of craisins (used only in craisin walnut)
  • handful of walnuts
  • 1.5 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup honey
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil (should have doubled it to 1cup but they turned out pretty good,held together nicely and were still chewy enough)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Generously grease 2 9x13 inch baking pans.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar, flax, flour, chia and salt. Mix together honey, eggs and oil in a separate mixing bowl. Make a well in the center, and pour in the honey, egg and oil. Mix well using your hands. Separate the batch if you're using different added ingredients (ie, chocolate chips, dried fruits, nuts etc). Pat the mixtures evenly into the prepared pans.
  3. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes (my oven bakes them up nicely in about 28min, started to brown more on the edges by 30min) in the preheated oven, until the bars begin to turn golden at the edges. Cool for 5 minutes, then cut into bars ( I rely on my handy dandy, use for everything around the kitchen, heavy duty Kitchen Aid pizza cutter ) while still warm. Do not allow the bars to cool completely before cutting, or they will be too hard to cut.

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