Monday, July 6, 2009

Yummy Granola Bars

I like to take a mid-morning snack to work everyday. These granola bars are great for energy, are filling and are packed full of stuff that is good for you. I have tried several different recipes for granola bars. Some have come up really dry and crumbly and some more like cake. These stay fairly moist and taste good. I will adjust the recipe next time to add some brown sugar (listed below). The original recipe that I came up with was just not sweet enough.
One of the fun things about this recipe is that it calls for 2 cups of your choice of fillers. I chose to do 1 cup of dried cranberries, 1/2 cup of sliced almonds and 1/2 cup shredded coconut. You could do all sorts of things. My Mom wants me to do some white chocolate macadamia ones. You could do chocolate chips and peanuts or a tropical one with coconut, dried pineapple and bananas. It's really versitile.
Granola Bars
2 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup ground flax seed
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 cup applesauce
1/3 cup oil
2/3 cup honey
2 tsp corn syrup or molasses
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups fillers (choc chips, dried fruit, nuts, etc)
- Combine all of the dry ingredients and in a separate bowl mix the wet ingredients. Combine the two until mixed well.
- Line a 9x13 pan with waxed or parchment paper. Press mix into the bottom of the pan.
- Bake at 350 for around 20 min or until edges start to brown.

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