My friend Kim gave me the recipe, but she got it from someone else. So I'm just calling this Someone Else's Granola Bars. They come out soft and chewy and addictive.
Someone Else's Granola Bars
- 4 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- ¼ cup wheat germ or flax seed (I have used flax meal)
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup sunflower seeds, pepitas, walnuts, almonds, pecans, etc… any kind of nut.
- 1 cup any – craisins, raisins, dried apricots, dried apples, etc…
- 2/3 cup peanut butter
- 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 egg, slightly beaten
- ¼ cup water
- ½ cup honey, maple syrup or sugar-free syrup (honey is cheaper per ounce)
Press mixture into 9x13 pan. They will be sticky so put some oil on your hands before pressing in or just use the back of a silicone spatula. Bake at 325 for 15-20 minutes. Once they cool a little bit (maybe 5-10 minutes) cut into whatever size you like best, bars or squares. I was able to get about 28 bars (plus some scrap to snack on!) or 24 squares from each of the 4 batches I made last night.
To cut on the peanut butter taste or amount of fat, you can substitute ½ of peanut butter with canned pumpkin or applesauce or any fruit puree. I haven't tried this yet, but my friend Karissa said it worked.
Here are some potential flavor combinations:
- sunflower seeds, pepitas, craisins and apricots;
- walnuts, apples and cinnamon;
- pumpkin, walnut and raisins; or
- mini chocolate chips, cocoa powder, and peanuts.
Have you made homemade granola before? I would like to try new recipes and would love to know yours. Leave it or a link in the comments.