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Granola Bars

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I’m in love with homemade granola, and this is the perfect combination of crunchy, flavorful, and beautifully varied! I dip bars in chocolate so that the top is plan and the bottom is decadent!

Ingredients

  • 6 cups Rolled Oats (not Quick Oats)
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter, Melted, Plus More For Greasing
  • ¼ cups Vegetable Or Canola Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • ½ cups Honey
  • ¼ cups Apple Juice
  • ¼ cups Molasses
  • 3 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1-½ cup Rice Krispies
  • 1 cup Wheat Germ
  • ½ cups Finely Chopped Pecans
  • ¼ cups Roughly Chopped Almonds
  • 8 ounces, weight Milk Chocolate Or Chocolate Almond Bark, Melted (optional)

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a bowl, toss the oats with the canola oil, melted butter and salt. Spread the mixture out on 2 baking sheets and toast in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, shaking the pan twice and making sure they don’t burn. Remove from the oven and set aside.

Reduce the heat to 325 degrees F.

In a medium saucepan, combine the brown sugar, honey, apple juice and molasses. Heat the mixture slowly, stirring until all combined. Stir in the vanilla.

Toss together the toasted oats, rice cereal, wheat germ, pecans and almonds. Pour in the sugar mixture, stirring as you pour. Toss to combine; it will be sticky!

Press into 1 baking sheet (thoroughly greased with butter, or line pan with foil and grease foil) and bake until golden, about 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Cut pieces with a sharp knife and remove from the pan.

OPTIONAL

Dip the cooled granola bars straight into the melted chocolate so that the top is plain and the bottom is chocolate-covered. Set on parchment until set, sticking in the fridge to hasten this along if necessary.

Yum yum!

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beverly on 2.18.2013

I had made granola (as cereal and topping for yogurt) for 10+ years before my husband discovered how good it is, but I had a major problem: he wanted to eat it as a snack and dropped bits as he walked. I could trail him throughout my house. So I needed a bar recipe. I tried several recipes, but THIS IS THE BEST! I’ve added cinnamon, pumpkin seeds, and coconut to vary the batches. They are all good. Thanks!

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theurbanbaker3 on 9.22.2012

I just made a gluten free version of these and they were perfect. We have been missing this sweet treat in the lunch box and now, it is safe to say, we have a winner. Thanks for inspiring!!

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lorelei on 8.21.2013

Really yummy. I added some dried cranberries for a little tartness. I’ve made it 3 times already!

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Shelli Myers on 1.28.2013

Love these!! The kids thought they were great.

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caria on 12.25.2012

I changed the recipe some to make them gluten free. I substituted flax-seed for wheatgerm. Shipped them to my goddaughter who loved them. Will have to make them again for her next semester.

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Stacy Makes Cents on 11.19.2012

A-W-E-S-O-M-E!

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4hmom on 10.15.2012

These are really good and were not as hard to make as what I thought they would be. I made them per the recipe this time so I could see how everything binded. I will add and swap ingredients next time. Will also try the chocolate dipping, but we like them just the way they are.

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