Monday, May 11, 2009

Soft Granola Bars

These were really good! They were healthy for the kids and Chad even liked them too. I will experiment again to see if I can take the sugar down even lower. We tried cranberries, coconut and white chocolate chips. I think next time we'll try coconut, coconut extract and chocolate chips. Hope you enjoy them!

Basic dough:
2 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup all-purpose flour or white whole wheat flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup applesauce or vegetable oil
1/2 cup honey
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
experiment with any combination of the ingredients below:
3/4 cup raisins or cranberries
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, almonds or pecans
1/2 cup chocolate chips or white chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray a 9x13 inch baking pan.
2. In a large bowl, stir together dry ingredients. In a smaller bowl blend wet ingredients then pour into the flour mixture, and mix by hand until the liquid is evenly distributed. Press evenly into the prepared baking pan.
3. Bake 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges are golden. These are good warm or cool but are much easier to cut when cooled.

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