Friday, October 28, 2011

Super Granola Bars

Super Granola Bars - homemade 

I've been slowly trying to make and buy organic of the "staple" foods that the kids eat the most of. At the top of the most eaten list is in our house is... granola bars! 

I'm happy to report that the kids love the new homemade ones!! 
I was shocked because they're picky about their granola bars. These ones are almost gone and it's only been 4 days. We'll be making more and adding new nuts, seeds, dried fruit and any other healthy things I can hide in them. 

I took a couple recipes from online and tweaked them and came up with this: 

Most of the ingredients are organic from the bulk section at Whole Foods Market

  • 2 c. rolled oats 
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. wheat germ
  • 1/2 c. regular flour (I'm slowly easing into using more wheat flour, very slowly :)
  • 1/2 c. whole wheat flour 
  • 1/3 c. peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract 
  • 1 tsp. almond extract (not necessary)
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon (more or less to the liking)
  • 1/4 c. of each, olive oil and vegetable oil
  • 1/2 c. local honey (I try to use raw honey as well, it needs to be softened in the microwave)
  • 1/4 c. agave nectar (not necessary)
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/4 c. melted butter
  • 1/2 c. sweet carob chips
  • 1/2 c. dark organic choc. chips

You can pick and choose whatever healthy items you'd like your family to eat. Here's what we went with for the first time. 

  • sesame seeds (couple table spoons)
  • flax seeds (couple table spoons - you don't want to be able to taste them)
  • multigrain cereal from the bulk section (couple tbsps) it had a bunch of diff. grains and oats so I thought it would be healthy to add
  • 1/2 c. coconut shavings
  • 1/2 c. raisins
  • 1/4 c. chopped walnuts

    Mixing It

    • Mix all the dry ingredients first, then work in the other ingredients (using your hand works well, but messy) and add more of the "glue" ingredients (honey, peanut butter, etc.) IF you think it's not sticking together enough. It will pack in the pan and cook together more tightly than you might suspect. 
    ***Make sure to add the chocolate chips LAST and slowly fold into the mixture right before you transfer to the pan.

    Baking It
    • Pack down into a greased 9x13
    • Cook at 350 degrees for 30-35 min. until they start to get golden just a little bit. 
    • Let cool for 10 or 15 minutes then cut into squares, don't let them cool too long or they will be too hard to cut. Let cool completely after cutting (maybe an hour or two) then transfer your squares to a sealed container. 

    They are a tiny bit more loose than the store bought ones, but not falling apart too much, if yours are falling apart a ton then you probably need to add more glue ingredients and tweak it a bit. 

    1 comment:

    Manda said...

    Those do look absolutely delicious!