Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Best Granola Bars EVER

Due to popular demand, here is my secret recipe for Home Made Granola Bars. There are other ingredient options but these are the ones that I use!
1 2/3 cups quick rolled oats
1/3 cup wheat flour*
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 10oz bag of dark choc. chips**
1/3 cup organic peanut butter***
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon water
1/2 cup agave nectar ****
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the rolled oats, flour, salt, cinnamon, and dried fruit/nut/choc mix. Add the organic peanut butter, vanilla extract, water, and agave nectar. Stir with a spatula until the entire mixture is well combined. This takes some muscle.
Spray Scr*w that, use muffin tin liners! Spoon into muffin tins.  Now, this is an important step: press the granola into the pan. Bake for 15-20min or until edges have browned. Let cool on counter until you can place in the fridge for 1-2hrs. Once cooled, pop them out from the muffin tin with a spoon.
Store in airtight container and enjoy! =D
*original recipe called for oat flour which is just too much work when regular flour substitutes just fine!

**feel free to experiement here, if you like dried fruit use 2-3 cups, if you like Andes Mints try the Andes Mint Chips. The possibilities are endless! Mix and match- have fun. For some add-ins, 3 cups may be too much.

***I havent done this myself, but the original recipe said you can substitue for any other nut butter

****Original recipe said honey or corn syrup worked as well

Let me know in the comments what kind of success you have with this! The best part about them is they are healthy and OH SO filling!!

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