Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Super Granola Bars

I have been making these for the last couple of weeks and think they are delicious. The best thing about this recipe is you can add whatever you like. Not to mention they are good for you and a lot better for you than store bought granola bars. Anyways, try it out!
I got this idea from, Alli 'n Son's blog.

3-1/2 cups old fashioned or quick cooking oats
1 cup craisins
2/3 cup honey roasted sunflower seeds ( I use just regular unsalted)
1/2 cup crushed almonds (slivered would work too, or any kind of nuts)
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup ground up oats – grind to the consistency of flour (you can also use oat bran or whole wheat flour)
3 tablespoons flax seeds
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1-1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
1 cup honey
1/4 cup canola oil ( I haven't substituted apple sauce yet but plan on trying it)
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat the oven to 350ยบ. Line a 9 x 13 pan with aluminum foil.

In a large bowl combine the oatmeal, craisins, sunflower seeds, crushed almonds, wheat germ, ground up oats, flax seeds and cinnamon. In a medium bowl, combine peanut butter, honey, oil and vanilla. Add to the dry mixture, mix until combined.

Press very firmly into the prepared pan. If you don’t press them enough, the bars will end up crumbly. Bake for 15 minutes, then pop into the fridge to harden, 30-45 minutes. Cut into 30 bars. You don't necessarily have to put them in the fridge to harden but it might allow them to bind better.

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