Granola Bar

Description

Easy to make granola bar recipe that you can adjust by adding your favorite ingredients. Bake longer for a more crunchy, chewy granola bar or less for a softer chewy bar.

Ingredients

easy granola bar recipe
  • 2 cups rolled oats

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup wheat germ

  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 3/4 cup raisins or other items such as cranberries, chocolate chips

  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 cup honey

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9 x 13 inch baking pan.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar, wheat germ, cinnamon, flour, raisins and salt. Make a well in the middle and pour in the honey, egg, oil and vanilla.
  • Mix well using your hands. Pat the mixture evenly into the greased pan.
  • Back for 30-35 minutes in the oven until the edges turn golden. Cool for 5 minutes. Important, cut bars while they are still warm or they will be difficult to cut.

Tips and Suggestions

  • We like Bob's Red Mill Organic Regular Rolled Oats, 32 Oz because they give more "texture" to the bar. We found them at Walmart, Publix and Harris Teeter.
  • Vary the cooking time to see if you prefer it to be softer and chewier or chewy with a bit of crunch on the edges. Depending on your oven 20-25 will make a softer bar and 30-35 a chewier bar. It will not be quite as crunchy like the Nature Valley bars from our experience.
  • Try not to overcook however, if you cook it with more crunch than you want, simply crumble it to make a snacking granola or add it to your breakfast oatmeal or yogurt.
  • This was the 3rd recipe that we tried. We did try two with fewer ingredients, but it was very evident when I had my family do a taste test. This was our favorite and we have made it several times now. It makes a great after school snack or snack for parties.

Variations on this Granola Bar

  • Substitute raisins with dried cranberries or apple bits or other dried fruit of your choice. For a sweet bar add a few chocolate chips. Your total additions should not exceed 3/4 cup.
  • Next time I'll try adding 1/4 cup peanut butter but this is best for family only with the high number of peanut allergies.

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