Thursday, April 7, 2011

Homemade Chewie Granola Bars!

We were surprised how easy homemade granola bars are to make. You can customize them with your favorite ingredients and you can cut them as big or small as you like. We are addicted to these delicious granola bars. They make an excellent snack. Pair them with some yogurt and a piece of fruit for a hearty breakfast. We played around with several different recipes until we came up with this recipe. To change the recipe you want to have about 6 cups of granola - with at least 2 cups of oats. If you use nuts, crush them. The bars will hold together better. You can even change the brown sugar to honey ratio if you want more of a brown sugar taste. If you add peanut butter you can cut back on the butter.

Our Recipe:

  • 2 cups old fashioned oats

  • 1 cup rice crispies

  • 1 cup shredded coconut

  • 1/2 cup wheatgerm

  • 1 cup craisins

  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

  • 4 T butter or margarine

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

  • 2/3 cup honey

  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla

Line a 9 x 13 inch pan with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray. Leave a couple inches of parchment on either side of the pan for easy granola bar removal.

Preheat oven to 350°. Combine coconut and oats (nuts if you are using them) on a cookie sheet and toast for 8 min.

*** Stir every few min - or the coconut will burn!!! ***

Burned coconut tastes terrible!!!

Turn the oven down to 300° Mix honey, brown sugar, butter, cinnamon and the vanilla in a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil over medium heat stirring frequently. Turn down to simmer and cook for a minute or two until the sugar has dissolved.
In a large bowl mix the rice crispies, wheat germ, craisins and the toasted oat mixture.
Pour the honey mixture over the granola and stir to evenly coat. Add the mini chocolate chips and lightly mix.
Dump mixture into your prepared pan and press down firmly. We found that a greased potato masher worked really well. Greased hands or the back of a greased spoon can also be used.
Ben loved doing this!
Bake in the 300° oven for 15 min. You can bake them for 25-30 minutes if you like crispier granola bars. Let the bars cool completely before cutting. They will take about 2 hours to be completely firm.
Cut your bars in squares or chunky rectangles. Store in an airtight container or wrap individually for a convenient grab and go breakfast or snack!
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  1. Sounds yummy! I've tried making granola bars a few times and they turn out tasty but always a little crumbly or break easily. Any suggestion on what to use in place of the coconut? Or could you just leave it out?

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