Sunday, February 28, 2010

Homemade Granola Bars

This recipe comes from the good people at: Wit & Whistle. Click the link to see awesome pictures. I made a few tweaks (very minor) to mine for health benefits (and I hate chocolate chips in granola bars)

2 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup of ground flax seed
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup honey
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×13 inch pan.

In a large bowl mix oats, brown sugar, wheat germ, cinnamon, flour, flax seed, nuts, cranberries and salt. Make an indention in the center of the mixture, and pour in the honey, egg, oil and vanilla. Mix well. (Using your hands makes it easier to get everything coated.)

Press the mixture into the pan. Wit and Whistle suggests not going all the way to the ends of the pans because it is easier to get out the bars when done baking. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes until the edges begin to brown. Cool for 5 minutes, cut the bars while they are still warm, and store the granola bars in an airtight container so they won’t dry out

NOTE: Check out the comments on Wit & Whistle - some of the readers had some very cool alternative ingredients