Awhile ago I was given a recipe for homemade granola bars. They were okay. Over the past few weeks, I have done a couple tweaks, trial runs and tests and came up with a dah-dah-dah-DAH!...Super Bar recipe.
Great for an on-the-go snack, breakfast, a treat or quick pick-me-up, I am addicted to these bars as if they contain some kind of illicit substance. They are chewy, slightly sweet (but not nearly as sweet as commercial bars and without any funky ingredients), healthy and just plain yummy.
My favorite part? The recipe below is the framework, but as you can see, you can make it work with whatever ingredients you have on hand. I asked R the other day which batch he has liked best and he replied, "all of them!"
2 1/3 c old-fashioned oats
1 c whole wheat flour
2/3 c brown sugar
2 T ground flax seed (or wheat germ)
1 t ground cinnamon
3/4 t salt
2/3 c raisins (or use a mix of any dried fruit...craisins, diced dried apricot, dates)
1/4 c molasses (or honey or maple syrup)
1/2 c applesauce
1/4 c vegetable oil
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 T vanilla extract
1/2 c sliced almonds (or use walnuts, sunflower seeds, peanuts, etc)
optional mix-ins: you can substitute mini-chips, coconut, etc for some of the nuts or dried fruit
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together the oats, flour, sugar, flax seed, cinnamon, salt and raisins. In a separate bowl, mix the molasses, applesauce, oil, egg, and vanilla. Add the wet ingredients into the oat mixture. Mix well and then add the nuts.
On a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper, a Silpat liner or just well-greased, spread the mixture with a spatula until your mixture is in a uniform shape, kind of like this:
It is important it is uniform so the bars cook evenly. Bake for about 25-27 minutes or until the bars seem firm. Remove from the oven and cut immediately like so:
Notice there is already a bar missing...I don't think they were even cool yet.