Thursday, July 7, 2011

Granola Bars

I've always been afraid of the recipe lists involved in most granola bar recipes I've seen. It's hard to justify buying 4 huge packs of ingredients for 1 recipe of granola bars that you're not even completely sure you'll like. I figured my challenge might be a good reason to do just that. 
Then I found the recipe. I only had to buy 1 thing! Everything else I already had in the house. Perfect! I've only had them warm so far, but these granola bars are delicious! I'll make these again and maybe add some nuts or dried fruit next time. 

2 cups rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup raisins (optional)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Generously grease a 9x13 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 center, and pour in the honey, egg, oil and vanilla. Mix well using your hands. Pat the mixture evenly into the prepared pan.

    Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until the bars begin to turn golden at the edges. Cool for 5 minutes, then cut into bars while still warm. Do not allow the bars to cool completely before cutting, or they will be too hard to cut.

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