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May 2, 2007

Whole Grain Granola Bars

Whole Grain Granola Bars

When you think Granola Bars, you automatically think healthy, but a lot of the commercially produced bars are anything but. This recipe adapted from Mother Earth Living is not only whole grain, but there are not nasty preservatives, high fructose corn syrup, refined sugars or trans fats! These delightful bars will fast become a favorite and the crumbs make a fabulous granola topping for yogurt or even ice cream! ;o)

What You'll Need:
1 1/2 cups of extra thick rolled oats (This is the Whole Grain kind, not the instant version)
1 cup of unsulphered coconut
1/2 cup of raw sunflower seeds
1/2 cup of pepitas (raw pumpkin seeds)
1/4 cup hempseed
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup of raw cashews
4 tablespoons of butter
1/4 cup dark brown molasses sugar
1/2 cup maple syrup (You can also use honey or molasses instead)
1 cup raisins or milk chocolate chips (I used chocolate chips because we are out of raisins, which we usually have on hand, but we're eating out of the fridge and pantry trying to clean things out in a grand spring cleaning expedition! ;o))
2 teaspoons of vanilla

Whole Grain Granola Bars

Mix together oats through cashews on a very large baking sheet and put into the oven. Bake for 20 minutes while the oven is preheating to 350 F.

While the oat mixture is heating in a pot melt butter, maple syrup and brown molasses sugar. Once melted bring to a quick boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and add vanilla.

Remove oat mixture from the oven and leave the oven on. Pour the melted sugar/syrup mixture over. Make sure all of the oat mixture is coated with the sugar mixture. Be careful not to burn yourself as both the oat mixture and the syrup mixture are very hot! Use a silicone spatula to do the mixing.

Using your silicone spatula press the mixture firmly into a 13 X 9 inch pan that has been sprayed with non-stick oven. Put back into the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Cut into bars.

Notes: You could add any seed or nut you wanted in addition to or in place of the ones I chose. I think dried cherries would be really good and almonds or walnuts too. Dried apple bits would also be good. Mix it up and make it your own!

Posted by Dianne at May 2, 2007 10:08 AM

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Oh, My! These are SOOOOOO good. Thanks for sharing a few with us. :) I managed to restrain myself and not eat the whole bag of them on the way home, so I had a few left to share with Ben. After he took one bite, he said he wanted to place an order for 10 batches so he could keep these at his office instead of the Kashi bars (and that's saying something, 'cause he loves those Kashi bars!)

Posted by: katherine at May 3, 2007 10:00 PM

Aunt Dianne,
Mommy let me have one of these for lunch and I think they are very very yummy. I ate the whole thing, and did not put it down while I was eating -- I held on to it the whole time so no one else could get it. I called them "bars" because "granola" is too hard to say.

Posted by: Nelson at May 4, 2007 7:58 PM

Alexis likes them too. She has a hard time saying "granola" and call it "gradona". Next time you're here you two can have a "bar" and "gradona" snack! :o)

Posted by: Dianne at May 4, 2007 9:37 PM

Hmm, these do look good. I'm curious though - how long do you estimate they stay good for? Wondering if I should only do 1/4 or so batch since they'd be just for me.

Posted by: Stacey at December 4, 2008 11:15 AM

They should last about a week or so in an airtight container. You could also do 1/4th of the batch too. Either would work fine! :o)

Posted by: Dianne at December 4, 2008 6:10 PM

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