Sunday, May 29, 2011

Granola Bars

4 cups rolled oats
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup raw sugar or brown sugar
1/2 cup wheat germ*
1/2 cup milled flax seed*
1 TBS cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups dried fruit**
1 1/2 cups chopped nuts**
3 eggs, beaten
1 cup olive oil
1 cup honey
1 TBS real vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350. Grease half sheet pan.

In a large bowl mix all dry ingredients. Make a well in the center pour in eggs, oil, honey, and extract. Mix until until combined. Pat tightly into pan (this is important to avoid super crumbly bars).

Bake 30-35 minutes until edges begin to brown. Cool 5 min. Cut into bars or use cookie cutters for fun shapes.***

Store cooled bars in an airtight container.

This recipe is very forgiving. Have fun and experiment.
*Can use 1 cup wheat germ or 1 cup milled flax rather than half & half. If milling your own flax, put 1/4 cup whole flax into your blender or coffee grinder to yield 1/2 cup milled.
**This is the fun part. You can mix up your fruit and nuts as long as you are adding 3 cups total. My favorite combinations are:
~1 cup chopped almonds, 1 cup chopped dried pineapple, 1 cup coconut, +1 1/2 tsp coconut extract, no cinnamon
~1 cup chopped dried cherries, 1 cup chopped almonds, 1 cup chocolate chips (when using chocolate, I like no more than 1 cup, more feels like a candy bar)
***Cut bars while warm or they will be difficult to cut. If you use cookie cutters the leftover bits are delicious with yogurt or milk.


tracy said...

Yum! Thanks for sharing them with me at swim camp!

M said...

Yummo!!!! Thanks for posting this recipe, Can't wait to try it!

Lauri said...

Those look super tasty!