Thursday, March 31, 2011

Homemade Granola Bars!

These are so great!!! Thank-you Monica!!
Homemade Granola Bars

  • 1 1/3 cups quick-cooking (not instant) rolled oats, divided Just a pinch each;  fine salt, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg and ground ginger.
ADD INS: (You can pick anything you fancy, you will want it to equal 1 cup- 1 1/2 cups) and roughly chopped...
  1. *1/4 cup flax seeds, sunflower, or chia seeds, (you can try all to equal 1/4 c)
  2. *almonds and dried cherries, makes a great combo
  3. *apricots and walnuts, another great a great combo
  4. *berrie mix of blueberries, strawberries, and cranberries (Trader Joe's carries this)
  5. *crisp-rice cereal, natural and whole-grain
  6. *unsweetened shredded coconut
  7. *1/4-1/3 cup mini chocolate chips, (OPTIONAL)
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup good quality maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons brown rice syrup
  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a 8” square baking pan with parchment paper, letting some paper hang over the sides Easy clean up too. :)
  2. Grind 1/3 cup of the oats in a food processor until powdery. Add them to a large mixing bowl with the remaining oats, the salt and spices, seeds, and fruit/nut/crisp cereal of your choice, and mini chocolate chips if using. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients and then stir them into the dry ingredients.
  3. Put the mixture in the prepared pan, smoothing the top with a rubber spatula. Bake for 20-30 mins, or until evenly browned. Remove from oven and let cool for about 15 minutes. Remove to a cutting board and cut into individual granola bars.



Five Star Nat said...

Awesome! I'm going to try this out tomorrow, I'll add hemp hearts for extra protein.

Deborah Fisher (Flawless Foodie) said...

Great idea! Adding hemp hearts are a fab way to increase protein! :) I will try it too.