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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Crunchy Granola Bars

We love the crunchy Nature Valley Granola bars, but making homemade granola bars can really cut costs! I've tried a couple granola bar recipes and I like this one best! They turn out crunchy if you cook them long enough. I got it from AllRecipes.

Ingredients:

2 cups rolled oats (I was running low so I used 1 cup of rolled oats and 1 cup quick-cooking oats)
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup ground quick oats (blended in food processor, or just use another 1/2 cup of wheat flour)
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup raisins (if desired)
1/2 cup honey
1 egg, beaten
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350ยบ. Generously grease a 9x13 pan.
In a large bowl, mix together oats, brown sugar, wheat germ, cinnamon, flour, salt and raisins (if desired). Make a well in the center and pour in the oil, honey, egg and vanilla. Mix well using your hands (you might want to spray them with cooking spray—mine stuck). Pat mixture evenly into prepared pan (if you didn't grease your hands, grab a spatula greased with cooking spray).
Bake for 30–35 minutes, until the bars begin to turn golden at the edges. Cool for 5 minutes, then cut into bars while still warm. Don't allow them to cool completely, or they will be too hard to cut!

We like this granola crushed in yogurt, too!

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