Thursday, September 24, 2015

Homemade Granola Bars

I try not to keep many snacks in the house, aside from fruits and veggies, but granola bars are one of our favorites and I just can't NOT have them in the house. But I've never been super impressed with store-bought granola bars so I make my own and they are FANTASTIC. At least, we think so. This recipe makes a lot of thick and chewy granola bars, feel free to halve the recipe.

Homemade Granola Bars

Ingredients

6 cups old-fashioned oats
1/4 cup oil (vegetable or grapeseed works well)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup honey
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup peanut butter
3 cups of add-ins (nuts, dried fruit, pretzels, etc)
                        



Step 1
  
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spread the oats in a 9x13 baking pan and toast (stirring once) for about 15 minutes. 


Step 2 


While the oats toast, heat the oil, brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, vanilla, and cinnamon in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and heat until the brown sugar has dissolved. Stir in peanut butter and set aside.


Step 3





Add 3 cups of add-ins to the toasted oats and stir. I chose dried chopped figs, raisins, dried cranberries, pretzel pieces, sunflower kernels, almonds, walnuts, and chocolate chips. 


Step 4





Pour the syrup over the oat mixture and stir to coat. With a spatula, press the oats into the pan. Flatten and press the mixture until it's smooth and even. Let cool for about an hour. Then cut into bars. 


6 comments:

Joan said...

It looks like a delicious and very versatile recipe. I've been looking for a granola bar recipe and this would be perfect for us and the grandkids. I can't find the pan size listed. Since you've made them alot wondering what size works best? Thank you!

The Virtuous Wife said...

Sorry Joan, I totally forgot to post that! Ha, I'll fix it right now. I use a 9X13 pan.

Zelia Santos said...

Hi there, is there anything that you can recommend to substitute the peanut butter with? My son goes to a nut-free school and I would love to have a version that he can bring with him. Thanks

Ashley said...

Sunbutter is our favorite nut-less butter... It's made from sunflower seeds, and it's delicious! I've never made this recipe, but we love it in general :)

Anonymous said...

How long do you think these would keep for? Do you leave out in ziplock bags, in fridge or freezer? Thank you for all of your great recipes

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