Monday, September 12, 2011

Thick, Chewy, Delicious Granola Bars

Daniel was bummed to hear that packaged granola bars were not part of our 'Real Food' pantry-list. He needed something fast and portable to take for breakfast in the mornings, so I whipped up these bars a few days ago. Holy Moses, they are delicious. Barely crunchy on top, chewy in the middle, and not overly sweet.

This is perhaps one of the easiest/most rewarding recipes I  have ever made. It requires ONE BOWL and makes a 9x13 pan of delicious granola bars. Also, it makes your kitchen smell like a fall wonderland....yum.

This is a heavily adapted recipe from King Arthur Flour and Smitten Kitchen. I swapped out several ingredients for more healthy options, and halved the amount of oil by substituting in a mashed banana. The bars are hearty and oh-so-satisfying.

Yummy, Chewy, Healthy Granola Bars.
2 1/3c old-fashioned oats 
4-6c dried fruits and nuts ( I used a raw almond, sunflower seed, pumpkin seed, dried cranberries, and raisin mixture)
2/3c whole wheat flour
2/3c natural peanut butter
3Tbl ground flax seeds
6Tbl coconut oil 
2 Tbl water
1/2c plus 2Tbl raw honey
1/2c brown sugar
1 ripe banana, mashed
1tsp cinnamon
1tsp salt
2tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350. Fully line a 9x13 casserole dish with foil. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly. Use your hands for goodness-sakes! It should be evenly moistened and hold together when pressed. Firmly press granola mixture in to foil-lined dish. 

Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until the bars are brown on top. (Mine took about 45 minutes, probably because half of the oil was replaced with banana). The bars will seem soft, but will firm up as they cool. Let the bars cool for about 20 minutes, then lift the foil and granola bars out! 

I cut them into bars, let them cool further, and then packaged them in snack-size baggies for individual breakfasts. 

Hope you enjoy!

Lots of love,
Lindsey

17 comments:

  1. These sound delicious! I might need to try these out for breakfast before school.. Just need to hit up the grocery store first (:

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  2. Oh my goodness those look delicious!! I am definitely going to have to try making these once I can get back into the kitchen! Yum!!

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  3. Oh! Where did you find that Naturally More peanut butter? Bought it once in Missouri & have never seen it again, but I loved it!

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  4. Just made these. Delicious! I didn't have coconut oil so used safflower oil. Seems to have worked just fine!

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  5. Melissa, I'm so glad you liked them!!

    Teresa, AKA MOM, I got it at HEB.

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  6. I LOVE this recipe! I'm about to make them again-I think they will be a weekly item. Thank you for sharing Lindsey!

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  7. Thanks Courtney! I don't usually make things over and over, but I do makes these every week for Daniel's bkfasts and snacks. I just love the way it makes the house smell!

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  8. These look delicious! Thanks for stopping by my blog and becoming a follower. I am also one of your newest followers!

    Melissa
    redflycreations.blogspot.com

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