I Am Stepher

November 3, 2010

Homemade Chewy Granola Bars

Filed under: Food, Stephermendations — iamstepher @ 5:08 pm

I love to cook but can never get around to posting recipes on this blog. I have made these a few times and I perfected the recipe last night so I thought I should share. They are super easy and so delicious.

Here is what you will need:

1 2/3 cups quick rolled oats
1/2 cup granulated sugar or brown sugar
1/3 cup oat flour (or 1/3 cup oats, processed till finely ground in a food processor or blender)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 to 1 and1/2 cups dried fruits and nuts *
1/2 cup peanut butter (I use a 1/4 cup creamy and 1/4 cup crunchy)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 tablespoons melted butter
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 tablespoon water

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line an 8″ x 8″ x 2″ pan in one direction with parchment paper, allowing it to go up the opposing sides. Lightly grease the parchment paper and the exposed pan, or coat with a non-stick spray.

Stir together all the dry ingredients, including the fruit and nuts. In a separate bowl, whisk together the vanilla, melted butter (still warm so it will blend together with the peanut butter) , honey, corn syrup, peanut butter and water. Mix the wet ingredients with the dry until the mixture is evenly crumbly. Spread in the prepared pan, pressing them in firmly to ensure they are molded to the shape of the pan. (A piece of plastic wrap can help with this, as you press down on the back of it.)

Bake the bars for 30 to 40 minutes, until they’re brown around the edges and a little on top. They’ll still seem soft and almost underbaked when you press into the center of the pan but do not worry, they’ll set completely once completely cool.

Cool the bars in their pan completely on a cooling rack. (Alternately, after about 20 minutes you can use your parchment “sling” to lift and remove the bars, and place them in their paper on the rack to cool the rest of the way. This can speed the process up.)

I used dried blueberries and cranberries for this recipe. I didn’t need to add nuts because I used crunchy peanut butter. They turned out perfectly. Next time I am going to substitute the fruit for chocolate chips! I might also add a little protein powder to make them power bars.


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