Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Homemade Granola Bars

Every morning, Andy grabs a granola bar for breakfast. As soon as he sits down to eat it, the pitter patter of little toddler feet run over like a moth to a flame, and M starts vigorously signing "more" and "please" (we're big fans of baby sign language here).  There aren't too many foods Miss Picky gets that excited about, so I thought it would be fun to make some myself. I'm happy to report that my first try was a huge success!

Homemade Granola Bars 
Not only are these tasty and relatively healthy (see: 1 cup chocolate chips), but they're SO much cheaper than buying pre-made bars. Feel free to substitute dried fruit, nuts, or any combination for the chocolate.

Homemade Granola Bars
Adapted from Weelicious
Makes 15 bars

4 cups old fashioned oats
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup honey

1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
2. Combine the first 6 ingredients in a bowl.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients.
4. Pour the wet ingredients over the oat mixture and stir to combine.
5. Place granola mixture on a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat or parchment and shape/press into a rectangle, about 13 x 9 x 1 inch thick.
6. Bake for 25-27 minutes, until edges just begin to brown.
7. Allow to cool completely for at least several hours, then cut into bars.
8. Wrap each bar individually in plastic wrap and store bars in an airtight container for up to several weeks.

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