Monday, July 15, 2013

Homemade Granola Bars!

I came across a couple of recipes for granola bars that I had to try. Although there were things that I couldn't justifying buying just for granola, I made some substitutions and blended 3 recipes together. I will never go back to store bought granola ever, unless I get super lazy. I mean, super super lazy, cause these are a breeze.

Chewy- Chocolate, Coconut with Almond Granola Bars

1 2/3 c rolled oats
1/3 c raw honey
1/3 c whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 c chocolate chips (I used mini chips to help get the chocolate distributed, cause I love chocolate.)
1/2 c slivered almonds
1/2 c sweetened coconut flakes
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 c extra virgin olive oil (you can totally use coconut oil instead, but it makes the bars less chewy)
1/4 c brown sugar

Butter or oil a 8x8 baking pan REALLY well.

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly.
Place mixture into your prepared pan and press down firmly, roughly 1/2 inch thick. The more packed it is, the better the result.
Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes, cool completely before cutting. Wrap with plastic wrap!

These can stay good for up to 2 weeks, if they last that long. The possibilities of these are endless too. The basic ingredients plus whatever nuts, berries, or candies you want can create amazing results.

They may seem crumbly after mixing, but pressing them into the pan really gets them to hold together.
Resist until they cool down!
I cut them into little bars perfect for my 3 year old, who cried cause he couldn't have a second one.