Granola Bars

This recipe is wonderful!  The kids love it and it is great to pack in lunches for the Man of the House.  (Or to send in a care-package)

I always double this.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
1-9x13 Pyrex (spray with Pam lightly)

In a big bowl:
2 cups oats
1/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 cup fresh milled flour or (1 cup white flour and 1/2 wheat germ)
3/4 tsp. salt
1-2 Tbsp. Flax seed or milled Flax
1/2 cup chocolate chips
shelled pumpkin/sunflower seeds (I use a small handful of whatever is on hand)

Combine your dry ingredients

In a smaller bowl:
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup safflower/canola/vegetable oil ~ your preference
1 egg beaten
1-2 tsp. vanilla

Beat your wet ingredients
Pour over the dry ingredients and mix with wooden spoon.

Spread out in your Pyrex dish.  I always smoosh mine down evenly with the palm of my hand.

Bake it for 25 minutes (give or take)
Slice into 15-20 bars while still warm.

Silas is easily able to eat this...  These keep well for a couple of weeks, they are chewy, and taste great with coffee, 3 pm snack, on picnics, beach trips, car trips etc.


Claire Higgins said...

Ummm YUM! Sounds awesome. I may have to give that a try when your mom is here this week...that is, if I can find chocolate chips. Yea, they are hard to find down here and if you do find them, they usually are melted together. I know, it's like, 'refrigeration people'!

CLR said...

Claire, The fact you can't get chocolate chips is disturbing.
On a side note, the original recipe calls for raisins instead of the chips. Because Colby hates raisins and I prefer chocolate we compromise..

Abby said...

Ahh... the good old days when you would have sent the kids next door with a sampling rather than me just having to read about the goodies you are making:)

CLR said...

I miss you!

JLR said...

Is that a hint? Will Sharp realize the satisfaction garnered from home-baked goods? This day is certainly looking up.

Christina said...

Great recipe, Christie! I made a quad batch of these and spread them in two jelly roll pans, lowered the heat by 25 degrees and increased the time a bit (to make sure they cooked evenly and the sides didn't get scorched). Anyway, the fam LOVES them! Thanks so much! Oh, and your fab granola is the most filling, hearty midnight snack for a pregnant lady; I eat it with yogurt every night and I don't have to eat in the middle of the night. You are a winner!