Thursday, April 15, 2010

Homemade "Granola" Bars

OK, it's not really granola, but that's the easiest way I can think to describe these. I don't know if you know this, but boys love to eat. Even more than that, they love to snack. Well, you probably know that. The problem is finding stuff to keep them satisfied, but still be healthy. I have one that loves to eat fruits and veggies, but the other one doesn't. He would prefer things like cookies and candy. Granola bars are a simple snack, but most of them that are in the store are loaded with high fructose corn syrup or other not so good for you ingredients. It is easy to find recipes online, but a lot of those don't have the best ingredients either. After some research, here is my adaptation.

Begin by "greasing" a 9x13 pan. I would probably use coconut oil, but because I was almost out, I used butter.

In a small saucepan over medium heat combine:
  • 1/2 c. honey
  • 1/2 c. peanut butter (I made my own)
  • 2 Tbsp. Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil (again since I was almost out of coconut oil, I used grapeseed oil)
  • 1/4 c. Sucanat
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

Heat until mixture just begins to bubble. Remove from heat and add 1 tsp vanilla.

In a large bowl combine:

  • 2 cups oats
  • 2 cups crisp brown rice cereal
  • 1/4 milled flax seed
  • 1/2 cup roasted peanuts
  • 1/2 raisins
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

Pour peanut butter mixture over oatmeal mixture and stir. Press into baking dish, cover with parchment paper and press firmly into dish. Cool in fridge.

Warning, it did not get very sticky, and does fall apart a bit. They taste great, though. I will be doing some experimenting with ingredients like sunflower seeds, hemp seed, almonds, and other dried fruits. I will post the ones that work. If you have any suggestions for other ingredients, I will try that too.


Debbie(single;complicated) said...

will have to try this...!

TOSHeidi said...

These sound quite yummy.